COPA recognizes distinguished leaders in HIV/AIDS

Committee on Psychology and AIDS announces recipients of 2014 Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award.

The Committee on Psychology and AIDS is pleased to announce that Charles H. Hinkin, PhD, and Lisa Bowleg, PhD, are the 2014 recipients of the Psychology and AIDS Leadership Award Distinguished Leader Award.

Lisa Bowleg, PhDLisa Bowleg is professor of applied social psychology in the department of psychology at the George Washington University. Her most recent research has centered on HIV prevention for African-American heterosexual men, emphasizing the social-structural context of Black men’s lives rather than an exclusively individualistic focus; and an assets-informed perspective highlighting how resilience in individuals and neighborhoods may protect against sexual risk. Her research has been characterized by theoretical innovation that incorporates diverse theoretical frameworks (e.g., intersectionality, social ecological theory, collective efficacy theory, resilience theory, sexual script theory, gender role norms, gender role strain) to develop and test conceptual models of sexual risk and protective behaviors; and by the use of qualitative and mixed methods approaches. She has served on numerous national expert advisory panels and meetings on HIV/AIDS, including a 2010 Office of National AIDS Policy White House Meeting on Black Men and HIV; membership the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section. Her research is widely cited in peer-reviewed publications. In 2012, she was awarded to RO1 grant awards (one with Anita Raj to evaluate a housing and employment referral case management intervention to reduce sexual risk among low income Black heterosexual men in Washington, D.C.; one to use qualitative methods, geospatial analyses and multilevel quantitative modeling to test a conceptual model of neighborhood social structural stressors, individual sociodemographic stressors, neighborhood and individual-level resilience, psychological risk factors and Black men’s sexual risk and protective behaviors). She has used her research to inform public policy, giving numerous invited addresses internationally, nationally and locally.

In addition to her prolific research activities, Bowleg has been an active member of the Cyber Mentor Program since 2009, mentoring a number of junior scientists who are now conducting innovative HIV-related research themselves. She has also been funded to engage undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented minority populations in health disparities research including HIV.

Charles H. Hinkin, PhDCharles H. Hinkin is professor in residence in the department of psychiatry and biobehaviaoral sciences in the Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles). He is one of the leading HIV/AIDS neuropsychology researchers in the world; his neuropsychological research has addressed working memory, metacognition, aging and HIV, adherence and the synergistic impact of drug use and HIV/AIDS. He was one of the first researchers to systematically address the impact of neuropsychological deficits on adherence, and his work on the associations between executive dysfunction and adherence and the impact of cognitive deficits on adherence lapses in older patients is key in patient management as individuals with HIV are living longer. He was a key investigator in the National Neurological AIDS Bank which allowed for longitudinal neuropsychological assessment and post-mortem analysis of brain tissue to further elucidate the neuropathological substrate of HIV/AIDS. He also integrated cutting edge neuroimaging techniques including PET, MRI, fMRI and DTI to further characterize the neuropsychiatric picture of HIV/AIDS in a wide variety of populations, and is also part of a team examining proinflammatory genes and neurocognitive disorders in HIV. He has published prolifically and has published nearly 100 scientific papers, largely in the area of HIV/AIDS.

Hinkin has mentored hundreds of post-doctoral fellows in his role as principal investigator of an National Institutes of Mental Health training grant focused on preparing scholars to conduct research on the neurocognitive sequelae of HIV/AIDS. Many of these fellows have gone on to become researchers, clinicians and faculty members at institutions around the US and the world. He has worked with graduate students from PhD programs throughout Los Angeles, as well as undergraduate research assistants. His legacy of training has had an impact on thousands of patients with HIV/AIDS around the country, as well as our scientific understanding of HIV/AIDS. He is highly regarded as a mentor, with students clamoring to work with him. In addition to running frequent case conferences and supervision groups at UCLA, he has been teaching a full-year seminar on the neuropsychology of HIV/AIDS for over 20 years for post-doctoral fellows at UCLA.

As a clinician in the area of HIV/AIDS, Hinkin has overseen the assessment of hundreds of HIV-infected patients at UCLA and through his oversight as chief of neuropsychology at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. In addition, he has supervised hundreds of fellows, interns and graduate students in the assessment and care of HIV infected patients.