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Training Programs: Overview


the next generation
of HIV behavioral researchers



The HIV Center and the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health have a long history of training the next generation of investigators in the behavioral aspects of HIV research. Our current programs serve undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral trainees.


Since 1989, our NIMH-supported Behavioral Sciences Research Training Program in HIV Infection has provided postdoctoral training for approximately 60 fellows, with an emphasis on the recruitment of minority trainees. Recognizing the increasing need for HIV behavioral researchers with expertise in the science of sexuality and gender, the program provides state-of-the-art, intensive theoretical and methodological training in human sexuality research with an emphasis on applied problems in HIV prevention.


The Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health HIV Center is home to a multi-site training program, the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). Previously focused solely on New York and New Jersey, the AETC expanded both in scope and territory in the fall of 2015 to include Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It conducts targeted, multi-disciplinary education and training programs and capacity building assistance for healthcare providers and systems treating persons living with HIV/AIDS.


The HIV Center has also been a training site for Fogarty International Center fellows from South Africa, Minority Investigators supported by NIMH supplements, Aaron Diamond Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows, Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Fellows, and Visiting Scientists from around the world. In addition, the Center provides training for psychology interns, medical students, graduate students, psychiatry residents, and other fellows from the Columbia University Health Sciences Campus.