Congratulations, Dr. Aivadyan!

August 03, 2022

T32 Fellow Dr. Christina Maria Aivadyan defended her dissertation on adolescents, HIV testing, and confidentiality.

Christina Maria Aivadyan defends dissertation

Dr. Aivadyan was a T32 pre-doctoral Fellow at SIG. The T32 Training Program on HIV and Substance Use in the Criminal Justice System provides "training to the next generation of pre- and post- doctoral scholars in the prevention, treatment, and care of HIV and drug abuse among individuals in the criminal justice system."

While part of the program, Dr. Aivadyan published research (see related content) and was awarded an F31 grant.

"I am thrilled to have defended my dissertation, 'Assessing the Impact of State-Level Confidentiality-Relevant Laws on U.S. Adolescents' HIV Testing Practices,' which evaluates the potential impact of state laws related to confidentiality in sexual and reproductive health services on HIV testing among sexually active adolescents in the United States."

Dr. Aivadyan shared her appreciation for the mentorship at SIG as part of the T32 program.

"I am forever grateful for the excellent mentorship and the rigorous, interdisciplinary training I received as a Predoctoral Fellow in the T32 Training Program on HIV and Substance Use in the Criminal Justice System and as a recipient of Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Her future plans include more of this research at Yale.

"I look forward to building upon this work to better understand and address structural determinants of HIV prevention among sexually active U.S. adolescents as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program."

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