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Lab Alumni

Former HIV Prevention Lab Graduate Students Dr. Amrita Ghai, PhD York University 2014 Amrita currently works currently works as a clinical  psychologist at The Clinic on Dupont and at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Dr. Danielle Schwartz, PhD Ryerson University 2014…
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Dr. Trevor Hart

Dr. Trevor A. Hart is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Dr. Hart’s research in HIV prevention and care spans a wide variety of fields.
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Dr. Shayna Sparling

Shayna Sparling has a PhD in Applied Social Psychology, with a speciality in Health Psychology. Her research has primarily focused on sexual decision-making and sexual negotiation.
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Graham Berlin

Graham’s current research examines the sexualized use of crystal methamphetamine among GBM – often referred to as party and play or chemsex – with a focus on psychosocial antecedents to crystal methamphetamine use.
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Dr. Allison Kirschbaum

Allison earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Gender and Diversity, as well as a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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Terrence Zhang

Terrence Zhang is the Research Associate for Toronto’s Engage program. They will be graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto St. George campus in December 2020, where they double majored in Psychology and Sociology.
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Antonnette Cappa

Antonnette Cappa (also known as Cappa) graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction from Western University in 2015. She has practised as a Registered Nurse for over 5 years and specializes in sexual and reproductive health.
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Theo Quinn

Theo (he/they) is a Volunteer Research Assistant for the HIV Prevention Lab. They recently graduated from TMU with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Disability Studies and Criminology.
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Adhm Zahran

Adhm’s research examines the sociological and psychological factors that affect substance misuse and sexual risk behaviour among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM). His current research examines the effects of sexual minority stress, racial minority stress, anxiety, and depression on alcohol misuse. Adhm hopes to expand his research and examine unique stressors in particularly understudied populations, such as GBM immigrants.
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Paolo Palma

Paolo Palma is a postdoctoral fellow working on the Engage study with Dr. Trevor Hart to examine the psychosocial determinants of GBM’s (gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men) health. Prior to joining the lab, Paolo was a researcher for the Department of Canadian Heritage, and a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario in both the Social Psychology and Migration and Ethnic Relations program.
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Jane Cao

Jane is the HIV Prevention Lab manager as well as a current student in her final year of Psychology at TMU.
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Susan Chow

Susan (she/her) is the Study Coordinator for the Longitudinal Loneliness study, Loneliness Intervention Study, and Partner Preference Matching Project. Susan recently graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.
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Jessie Gervais

Jessie is the full-time Sexual Health Research Nurse for the HIV Prevention Lab. Jessie holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and has professional experience in social psychology, oncology, public health, and sexual and reproductive health.
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