julia.vernon@psych.ryerson.ca

Julia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in May 2013, where she majored in Psychology and International Development Studies. She joined the HIV Prevention Lab as a volunteer research assistant in June 2013 and transitioned to lab manager in August 2014. She was drawn to the lab’s focus on creating and evaluating treatment protocols, empowering disenfranchised populations, its multidisciplinarity, and use of community-based research methods. Julia has helped prepare several grant applications with Dr. Hart, including the successful CIHR Boys’ and Men’s Health Team Grant. Since January 2014, she has had the pleasure of coordinating the Sexual Confidence Study, a combined treatment program of cognitive-behavioural therapy for social anxiety and substance use management for MSM who want to reduce their sexual risk behaviour. She also coordinates and conducts qualitative interviews for GPS, a randomized control trial of group-based motivational interviewing for gay men living with HIV. Julia plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

Publications

  1. Hart, T. A., Noor, S. W., Adam, B. D., Vernon, J. R. G., Brennan, D. J., Gardner, S., … & Myers, T. (2017). Number of psychosocial strengths predicts reduced HIV sexual risk behaviors above and beyond syndemic problems among gay and bisexual men. AIDS and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:
    10.1007/s10461-016-1669-2
  2. Smith, N. G., Hart, T. A., Kidwai, A., Vernon, J. R. G., Blais, M., & Adam, B. D. (2017). Results of a pilot study to ameliorate psychological and behavioral outcomes of minority stress among young gay and bisexual men. Behavior Therapy. 48, 664-677. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.03.005
  3. Adam, B. D., Hart, T. A., Mohr, J., Coleman, T., & Vernon, J. R. G. (2017). HIV-related syndemic pathways and risk subjectivities among gay and bisexual men. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Advance
    online publication. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1309461

Conference Presentations

  1. Noor, S. W., Vernon, J. R. G., Kidwai, A., Kilby-Lechman, D., Brennan, D., & Hart, T. A. (2017, June). Childhood maltreatment and psychological distress: Exploring the mediating effect of self-compassion among gay and bisexual men in Toronto, Canada. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association for HIV Research in Halifax, NS.
  2. Vernon, J. R. G., Noor, S. W., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Kilby-Lechman, D., Kidwai, A., Brennan, D. J.,… Hart, T. (2017, April). Self-compassion mediates the link between childhood trauma and syndemic HIV risk factor in gay and bisexual men. Poster presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association for HIV Research in Montreal, QC.
  3. Adam, B. D., Hart, T. A., Mohr, J., Coleman, T. A., & Vernon, J. R. G. (2017, April). Resilience pathways, childhood escape routes, and mentors reported by gay and bisexual men affected by syndemic conditions. Poster presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association for HIV Research in Montreal, QC.
  4. Hart, T. A., Noor, S. W., Adam, B. D., Vernon, J. R. G., Brennan, D. J., Husbands, W., & Myers, T. (2016, November). Number of psychosocial strengths predicts reduced HIV sexual risk behaviors above and beyond syndemic problems among gay and bisexual men. Oral presentation at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Conference HIV Endgame II: Stopping the Syndemics that Drive HIV, Toronto, ON.
  5. Adam, B. D., Hart, T. A., Mohr, J., Coleman, T. A., & Vernon, J. R. G. (2016, November). Syndemics and risk among gay and bisexual men through a qualitative lens. Oral presentation at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network conference HIV Endgame II: Stopping the Syndemics that Drive HIV, Toronto, ON.
  6. Vernon, J. R. G., Noor, S., Kidwai, A., Kilby-Lechman, D., Adam, B., Brennan, D., Gardner, S., Husbands, W., & Hart, T. A. (2016, October). Childhood emotional trauma, depressive symptoms, and the mediating effect of self-compassion among gay and bisexual men in Toronto, Canada. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  7. Kidwai, A., Zeifman, R., Noor, S. W., Vernon, J. R. G., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Tulloch, T. G., Kilby-Lechman, D., Brennan, D. J., Adam, B. D., Gardner, S., & Hart, T. A. (2016, October).“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete”: Self-compassion as a mediator of internalized homophobia and mental health outcomes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in New York, NY.
  8. Tallon, K., Stratton, N., Tulloch, T. G., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Kidwai, A., Vernon, J. R. G., O’Cleirigh, C., Antony, M. M., & Hart, T. A.(2016, October). The Effects of Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Social Anxiety on Symptoms of Social Anxiety, Depression, and Problematic Alcohol Use in Gay and Bisexual Men. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  9. Kidwai, A., Zeifman, R., Noor, S. W., Vernon, J. R. G., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Tulloch, T. G., Kilby-Lechman, D., Brennan, D. J., Adam, B. D., Gardner, S., & Hart, T. A. (2016, October). “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete”: Self-compassion as a mediator of internalized homophobia and mental health outcomes. Poster presented at the Ryerson University Psychology Graduate Student Association Research Symposium in Toronto, ON.
  10. Kidwai, A., Coleman, T., Vernon, J. R. G., Faaborg-Andersen, M., Tulloch, T. G., Adam, B. D., Brennan, D. J., Myers, T., & Hart, T. A.(2016, July). An exploration of minority stress and social anxiety in a sample of gay and bisexual men in Toronto, Canada. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research in Malmö, Sweden.
  11. Coleman, T. A., Vernon, J. R. G., Hart T. A., Tulloch, T. G., Sivagnanasunderam, B., Sutherland, J., Billimoria, H., Deshapryia, P., & The Grassrooted Trust. (2015, August). Strategies for addressing same-sex attraction in a sample of Sri Lankan youth: Descriptive and gender-based differences. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research in Toronto, ON.
  12. Tulloch, T. G., Coleman, T. A., Hart, T. A., Sivagnanasunderam, B., Sutherland, J., Vernon, J. R. G., Billimoria, H., Deshapriya, P., & The Grassrooted Trust. (2015, August). Predictors of HIV and STI prevention knowledge in older Sri Lankan youth: Descriptive and inferential findings from the cross-sectional YOU study. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research in Toronto, ON, August 2015.
  13. Ablona, A., Noor, S. W., Vernon, J. R. G., & Hart, T. A. (2015, April).  What’s the “risk”? Associations between depression, substance use and sexual risk behaviors among HIV-negative gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Toronto. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for HIV Research in Toronto, ON, April 2015.
  14. Faaborg-Andersen, M., Vernon, J. R. G., & Hart, T. A. (2014, November). Erectile functioning, perceived social support, and self-esteem in gay men: A mediational framework. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Philadelphia, PA.