Jennifer Baughman, MPA

Ms. Baughman is the Administrative Director of CBAM, providing oversight of operations for all Center activities. She coordinates strategic planning efforts to ensure that Center goals and objectives are met and directly manages assigned projects. She provides financial oversight and oversees reporting requirements for contracts and grants and other funding totaling more than $4 million annually. She is responsible for personnel management and facilities oversight. Ms. Baughman earned a Masters of Public Administration with an…

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Inez Bentancourt

Ms. Bentancourt is a Staff Research Associate and Medical Assistant working on clinical trials and other projects at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. Her responsibilities include administration of study measures, scheduling, and data entry. She assists physician with patient visits, administers injections and assists with quality assurance. Her previous experience includes working with substance using and other populations at a private clinical research organization.

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Christopher Blades

Mr. Blades serves as Community Education Program Manager working at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. He oversees outreach efforts for our HIV Prevention Trials Network projects and manages requests from media outlets. He conducts HIV risk reduction counseling and provides research support across multiple clinical trials. Mr. Blades previous experience includes working with substance users and populations at risk for HIV transmission in various settings. He received a Bachelor’s degree in 2008 from CSU Dominguez…

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Ronald Brooks, PhD

Dr. Brooks is an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator. His research efforts focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention and treatment interventions for LGBT populations and people of color. He also provides training and technical assistance to health jurisdictions and community-based organizations involved in HIV prevention and treatment. Dr. Brooks earned his PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA and completed his postdoctoral training here in the School of Public Health.

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Joy Chudzynski, PsyD

Dr. Chudzynski is a Clinical Psychologist. She leads CBAM’s behavioral medicine program for UCLA athletes and trains residents at the UCLA Family Health Center. Dr. Chudzynski earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where she conducted research examining the role of alternative reinforcement in substance abuse treatment. After completing her internship at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences,…

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Jesse Clark, MD

Dr. Clark is Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and in the Department of Family Medicine. He serves as Medical Director for the UCLA Vine Street Clinic (UVSC) and Investigator of Record for multiple HIV Prevention Trials Network and COVID Prevention Network studies conducted at UVSC. Outside of CBAM, he is Director of the UCLA South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR) training program and he leads…

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Patricia Cortez

Ms. Cortez is the Operations Coordinator for CBAM. She is responsible for calendar management and oversees patient scheduling and billing. She assists with miscellaneous research and administrative tasks and supports general CBAM operations across all projects. Prior to joining CBAM, Patricia was Executive Assistant at Fresenius Medical Care and before that, served as Project Coordinator for Clinic in the Park in Orange County. She earned her BA in Public Health Policy from UC Irvine.

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Timothy McCajor Hall, MD, PhD

Dr. Hall is a psychiatrist and anthropologist with research and clinical interests in substance use disorders, mood disorders, personality, sexuality, and HIV, among other areas. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine. He joined the Center for Behavioral & Addiction Medicine (CBAM) in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow and later became assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He earned his AB magna cum laude Harvard College and then his…

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William Hernandez, RN, MS, ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Mr. Hernandez is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner with specialties in adult primary care and psychiatry across the lifespan. He works across multiple projects as both Co-Investigator and Sub-Investigator within the Department of Family Medicine, the Department of Infectious Diseases, and the School of Nursing at UCLA. His areas of interest include anal dysplasia, substance use disorders, and HIV prevention and treatment. He received his Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner…

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Oluwadamilola (Dami) Jolayemi, MS

Ms. Jolayemi is a Program Coordinator on the CHIPTS grant (Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services). She provides project support including proposal development, publication compliance, regulatory management, research coordination, and data safety monitoring. She holds a Master of Science in Global Health and has global health experience in infectious diseases and health education.

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Mariah Kalmin, PhD

Dr. Kalmin received her PhD in epidemiology from George Washington University in 2017. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Epidemiology before joining the CBAM team. At CBAM, Dr. Kalmin is a project director, overseeing the execution of a small business technology transfer grant and supports grant development for both national and international projects.

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Uyen Kao, MPH

Ms. Kao is Executive Director of the CHIPTS grant (Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services). She also leads special research projects for CBAM and conducts consultations, trainings, and capacity building efforts to scientists, health departments, community planning groups, and community based organizations in the areas of program design, implementation, and evaluation. She has spent her career working in the HIV prevention field in both research and community-based settings. She completed her BS in…

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Michael J. Li, PhD

Dr. Michael Li is Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. They serve as a Project Director on multiple studies under Dr. Shoptaw while developing their own research on the role of stress biology in the links between social adversity, substance use, and HIV in sexual minorities of color. Dr. Li received a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, a Master of Public Health from Cal State Fullerton, and a PhD…

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Walter Ling, MD

Dr. Ling is Professor Emeritus at UCLA. He is one of the foremost substance abuse experts in the world, having made significant contributions to research in opiate pharmacotherapy that have led to approval of medications such as buprenorphine and naloxone. He currently serves as part time faculty with CBAM, providing consultation on development and implementation of research and clinical activities. He was the founding Director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and led the…

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Sandy MacNicoll, MBA, CCRA

Ms. MacNicoll is Project Director for clinical trials and other research conducted at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. She is responsible for development and implementation of assigned research projects and supervises staff carrying out day to day research efforts. She manages regulatory, compliance, and quality assurance. Prior to joining CBAM, she served as Project Director and Director of Operations for the outpatient clinical research center at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse programs. She is a…

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Omar Nieto

Mr. Nieto is a Staff Research Associate with CBAM. He directs projects targeting populations at high risk for HIV. He carries out recruitment activities, conducts qualitative interviews, and provides general project coordination for assigned studies. Omar received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UCLA with a minor in LGBT studies.

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Simone Riley

Ms. Riley is a Staff Research Associate. She carries out recruitment efforts for assigned studies and conducts screening and intake procedures. She also administers study measures to research participants, enters data, and assists with scheduling and other research activities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Brain Science Studies from Tufts University.

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Elena Rosenberg-Carlson, MPH

Ms. Rosenberg-Carlson provides project management, analytical and dissemination support for the CHIPTS grant (Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services) and other assigned projects. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and her MPH from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining UCLA, she worked for the infectious disease division of the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Steven Shoptaw, PhD

Dr. Shoptaw is Executive Director of CBAM. He is a licensed psychologist and a Professor in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. For more than 25 years, Dr. Shoptaw has conducted a series of clinical studies in community clinic settings, primarily on topics that involve developing and testing medical and behavioral interventions to treat substance abuse and prevent the spread of HIV. He works with…

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Mitchell Stern, RN

Mr. Stern is a Research Nurse Coordinator at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. He is responsible for day-to-day operations of assigned trials. He ensures that study activities are carried out according to the protocol and Standard Operating Procedures. He conducts medical procedures and administers study measures. Prior to joining UCLA, he served as a clinical nurse at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and prior to that, was a project coordinator for a private research institute.

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Somaieh Talebi

Ms. Talebi is Clinic Administrator at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. She manages clinic flow and assists with day to day site operations. Prior to joining UCLA, she served as clinic manager for a federally qualified health center. She holds certificates in non-violence communication and leadership in community clinics from the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC). She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from Cal Sate LA.

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Jasmin Tavarez

Ms. Tavarez is a Staff Research Associate and Medical Assistant. She administers study measures and assists medical staff with collection and processing biological specimens. She conducts screening and intake procedures and assists with scheduling. Prior to joining CBAM, she held research positions with the USC Keck Medical Center and with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs.

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Schuyler Thomas

Ms. Thomas is a Staff Research Associate at Vine Street Clinic. She conducts outreach in areas where potential study participants are known to congregate, conducts participant screening and intake procedures, and presents to community organizations. She also administers study measures to research participants, enters data, and assists with scheduling and other research activities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology/Pre-Med from California State University, Northridge.

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Jonathan Veloz

Mr. Veloz is a Lab/Research Assistant working at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. He performs phlebotomy procedures, processes biological samples and assists with all other activities in the clinic’s research laboratory.

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Michele Vertucci, NP, PA-C

Ms. Vertucci is a Physician Assistant at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. She conducts clinical procedures including consenting participants into our clinical trials, conducting history and physicals for new patients, maintaining medication accountability records, and planning for new studies. Ms. Vertucci also conducts quality control/quality assurance and provides support for network communications. Ms. Vertucci has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including Medical Groups and hospitals. Additionally, she has extensive clinical research experience, especially…

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Demetria Villanueva

Ms. Villanueva is the Laboratory Coordinator for the UCLA Vine Street Clinic overseeing the collection, processing and storage of biological samples. She is responsible for monitoring incoming and outgoing data, maintaining lab credentials, and consulting across projects in the development of workflow processes and protocols. She is also responsible for general management of clinic facilities, managing day to day operations across multiple clinical services and research protocols. She holds state and national certifications as a…

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