ARCHIVE: Awards for Stigma and Global Health Research Program

The following were awarded as a part of the Stigma and Global Health Research Program, which is now closed. Lists of awards are divided into two categories: awardees conducting international studies, and awardees conducting studies limited to the United States.

Awardees conducting international studies

Principal Investigator: Cecilia Benoit
University of Victoria, British Colombia, Canada
Collaborator(s) and Institution(s): McCarthy, Bill D., University of California, U.S.A.
Project Title: Work, Health, and Health Care Access in U.S. and Canada
Awarding Institution: Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)
Program Officer: Barbara Beckett bbeckett@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Summary: Dr. Cecilia Benoit, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, will work with colleagues at the University of California, Davis to conduct a study on work, health, and health care access in the U.S. and Canada. The researchers will test the hypothesis that experiences associated with a stigmatizing mental or physical health condition are most pronounced among those who have limited economic resources, restricted access to health care, or additional sources of negative labeling. The study will explore the experiences of service workers in two cities in the U.S. and two cities in Canada.

Principal Investigator: Gretchen Birbeck
Michigan State University
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Marsharip Atadzhanov, University of Zambia
Title of Project (link to project information in NIH Reporter): Epilepsy-associated stigma in Zambia
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Summary: Dr. Gretchen Birbeck, Michigan State University, is working with colleagues at the University of Zambia on a study that examines epilepsy and its social and economic consequences from the perspective of diverse groups. It aims to elucidate the social, psychological and economic context necessary to facilitate development of interventions that will improve the lives of people with epilepsy in the region.

Principal Investigator: Jeannine Coreil
University Of South Florida
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution(s): Gladys Mayard, Hospital St Croix, Haiti
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Stigma and Tuberculosis in Haitian Populations
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr. Jeannine Coreil, University of South Florida, will work with researchers at Hôpital St. Croix in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on a study that proposes to examine the sociocultural context of TB stigma, develop instruments to measure it in Haitian populations in Haiti and the U.S., and advance the understanding of how it influences adherence rates for latent TB therapy.

Principal Investigator: Patrick Corrigan
University Of Chicago
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Hector Tsang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Stigma & Behavioral Health in Urban Employers from China & US
Collaborating NIH ICs: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Summary: Dr. Patrick Corrigan, University of Chicago, will collaborate with colleagues at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in China on a study that looks at the effects of stigma associated with health disorders that are seen as behaviorally driven. It will focus on employer attitudes to alcohol abuse, psychotic disorders and HIV/AIDS at sites in Chicago, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

Principal Investigator: Maria Ekstrand
University Of California San Francisco
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Shalini Bharat, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India; Jayashree Ramakrishna, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, INDIA
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): AIDS Stigma & Gender: Health Consequences in Urban India
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr. Maria Ekstrand, University of California, San Francisco is collaborating with colleagues in India - at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore- to examine AIDS stigma and discrimination by gender among people who come in contact with the urban health care systems in both cities.

Principal Investigator: William Holzemer
University of California, San Francisco
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Leana Uys, University of Natal, South Africa; Lucy Makoae, University of Lesotho; Maureen Chirwa, University of Malawi; Priscilla Slamini, University of Swaziland; Thecla Kohi, Muhimbili University, Tanzania
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Perceived AIDS Stigma: A Multinational African Study
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr.William Holzemer, University of California San Francisco, will work with colleagues in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Tanzania on a study that focuses on assessing and intervening against HIV/AIDS stigma in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will compare HIV/AIDS stigma between and within countries, in urban and rural settings, among men and women living with HIV/AIDS, and among nurses, offering a unique opportunity to evaluate both patients and nurse providers in countries severely ravaged by the disease.

Principal Investigator: Li Li
University of California, Los Angeles
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Zunyou Wu, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Pol and Access Intervention to Reduce HIV Stigma Among Service Providers in China
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Summary: Dr. Li Li, University of California Los Angeles, will collaborate with researchers at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing on a study that addresses HIV-related stigma among health care providers in Yunnan Province and how it influences health care delivery to persons living with HIV.

Principal Investigator: Xiaoming Li
Wayne State University
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Fang Xiao Yi, Beijing Normal University, China
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Social Stigma / Mental Health Symptoms in Urban Workers
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr. Xiaoming Li, Wayne State University, with collaborators at the Beijing Normal University in China, will conduct a study related to social stigma/ mental health symptoms in migrant workers. Although this study will evaluate the effect of stigma on the mental health of migrant workers in Beijing, the findings and research approach developed could well apply to migrant populations in other regions and countries.

Principal Investigator: Bernice Pescosolido
Indiana University at Bloomington
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Raul Jorrat, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Q.K. Ahmad, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad, Bangladesh; Alberta Carlos Almedia, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil; Lillia Dimova, Agency for Social Analyses, Bulgaria; Bambos Papaheorgiou, Cyprus College, Cyprus; Markku Ojanen and Sami Borg, University of Tampere, Finland; Janet Harkness, ZUMA Center for Survey Research; Alison Park, British Social Attitudes, United Kingdom; Bela Bartok and Peter Robert, TARKI Social Research Center, Hungary; Tomoko Matoba, University of Tokyo, Japan; Phil Gendall, Massey University, New Zealand; Mahar Mangahas and Linda Guerro, Social Weather Stations, Philippines; Mari Harris, Markinor Ltd., South Africa
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Stigma and Mental Illness in Cross-National Perspective
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr. Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, will work with partners in 15 countries to examine the levels and correlates of the stigma of major depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. The foreign collaborators are from institutions in Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, The Philippines, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Saewyc
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Enacted Stigma, Gender and Risk Behaviors of School Youth
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Summary: Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, University of Minnesota, is conducting a multinational study that explores stigma behavior among indigenous, Asian-ancestry, and European-ancestry adolescents in school environments in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. It aims to develop cross-cultural measures of enacted stigma for adolescent health surveys, and examine the association of types of stigma and HIV risk behaviors among adolescents.

Principal Investigator: Linda Tickle-Degnen
Boston University
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Culture, Gender, and Health Care Stigma in Parkinsonism
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Summary: Dr. Linda Tickle-Degnen, Boston University, will conduct a study whose goal is to understand the role of the stigmatizing movement disorder of Parkinson's disease in the health care practitioner's assessment of patient psychological traits, the patient-practitioner relationship, and the development of intervention recommendations.

Principal Investigator: Annelies Van Rie
University of North Carolina, Chapel hill
Foreign Collaborator(s) and Institution (s): Petchawan Pungrassami, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Social Stigma of the New Tuberculosis
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr. Annelies Van Rie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, will conduct a study that examines the effect of stigma associated with TB on treatment-seeking and adherence and proposes to develop a new measure to examine stigma in TB and HIV/AIDS co-infected patients.

Principal Investigator: Suniti Solomon
YRG CARE
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Stigma in Health Care Settings in South India
Awarding NIH IC: Fogarty International Center (FIC).
Summary: Dr. Suniti Solomon, YRG CARE Medical Center, Chennai, India, is leading a study that will investigate stigma in healthcare settings in South India, using interviews to address how stigma is formulated, influenced, and expressed, how it affects healthcare, and how it can be reduced.

Awardees conducting studies limited to the United States

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Alvidrez
University of California, San Francisco
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Stigma Psychoeducation for Black Mental Health Clients
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Summary: Dr. Jennifer Alvidrez, University of California, San Francisco, is examining stigma pyschoeducation for Black mental health clients. The study examines whether clients who receive psychoeducation report less concern about stigma, a greater perceived need for treatment and are more likely to enter outpatient treatment.

Principal Investigator: Daniel Dohan
University Of California, San Francisco
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Poverty, Substance Use, and Stigma in Four Organizations
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Summary: Dr. Daniel Dohan, University of California, Berkeley, will conduct a study that examines how different healthcare organizations shape the stigma experiences of patients who are poor or have substance abuse problems. Qualitative research methods will be used to document how patients manage stigma and to examine how such management is affected by stigma-related attitudes and behaviors in healthcare organizations.

Principal Investigator: Beverly Heidi Ellis
Boston Medical Center
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Stigma and PTSD in Refugee Adolescents
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Summary: Dr. Beverly Heidi Ellis, Boston Medical Center, is examining stigma and post traumatic stress disorder in refugee adolescents. The study, which will assess 150 Somali refugees in Massachusetts and Maine, lays the foundation for further examination of types of stigma experienced by adolescent refugees, pathways through which stigma relates to health outcomes, and potential areas of intervention for this population.

Principal Investigator: Barbara Kohlenberg
University of Nevada, Reno
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Reducing Felt Stigma in Substance Use Disorders
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Summary: Dr. Barbara Kohlenberg, University of Nevada, Reno, is conducting a study that aims to develop and implement an intervention for reducing felt stigma and its behavioral sequelae in substance abusing clients. Interventions will aim to change client attitudes, improve the relationship between the provider and the client, improve client engagement in treatment, reduce attrition and improve clinical outcomes.

Principal Investigator: Martha Miranda
University of California, Los Angeles
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): Clinical Implications of Depression-Based Stigma
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Summary: Dr. Martha Miranda, Georgetown University, will examine clinical implications of depression- based stigma. This study will examine the extent to which stigma and its effects vary by ethnicity, contribute to failure to receive appropriate care for depression, and whether efforts to provide treatment or improve rates of treatment predict outcomes for persons both with and without stigma concerns.

Principal Investigator: Nelson Varas-Diaz
University of Puerto Rico
Project Title (links to NIH Reporter Project Information): AIDS Stigma and Health Professionals in Puerto Rico
Awarding NIH IC: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Summary: Dr. Nelson Varas-Diaz, University of Puerto Rico, will examine "AIDS stigma and Health Professionals in Puerto Rico." The study will look at professionals who interact with HIV infected individuals, through effective interventions that incorporate other stigmas surrounding the epidemic - negative attitudes towards sexual orientation, drug users, and women.

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