Brigitte Abrego, MA

Ms. Abrego is a Research Medical Assistant working on our mobile unit. She performs phlebotomy procedures, processes biological samples, administers study measures, and assists with scheduling and other research activities. Prior to joining CBAM, Ms. Abrego had a decade of experience working as a Medical Assistant.

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Oladunni Adeyiga, MD, PhD

Dr. Adeyiga is an Assistant Clinic Professor in the UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease. She works at our UCLA Vine Street as a study physician working across multiple research studies. Dr. Adeyiga received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and her PhD in Bioengineering from UCLA.

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Jennifer Baughman, MPA

Ms. Baughman is the Administrative and Program 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. She is also responsible for personnel management and facilities oversight. Ms. Baughman earned a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit…

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Christopher Blades, CCRP

Mr. Blades directs community engagement efforts and manages media relations for CBAM with special emphasis studies that are part of the HIV Vaccine and HIV Prevention Trials Networks. He also serves as a Study Coordinator on assigned projects and works closely with Investigators and staff to provide guidance and feedback on the development and conduct of recruitment/retention campaigns. Mr. Blades previous experience includes working with substance users and populations at risk for HIV transmission in…

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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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Madelyn Cooper

Ms. Cooper is a Health Navigator working on our mobile unit. Prior to joining CBAM, she held positions as a detox monitor in a recovery facility and a research assistant in a mindfulness lab. She also volunteered for a crisis hotline and served as secretary of a sensible drug policy group. Ms. Cooper obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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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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Mara Custodio, PA

Ms. Custodio is a Physician Assistant, serving as study clinician across multiple projects at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. She conducts clinical procedures including consenting participants into our clinical trials. She also conducts history and physicals and other clinical tasks as required by study protocol. Prior to joining CBAM, she held research positions at UCLA and at private research institutes. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her Masters in Physician Assistant studies from…

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David Goodman-Meza, MD, MAS

Dr. Goodman-Meza is Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease. He works at our UCLA Vine Street as an Investigator and study physician. He currently leads our mobile clinic team. His work focuses on the impact of substance use on the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. Dr. Goodman-Meza received his Medical degree from Autonomous University of Baja California and his Master of Applied Science from UC San Diego.

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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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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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Veronica Ramirez, MSN, NP

Ms. Ramirez is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and the primary clinician on our mobile unit. She conducts clinical procedures including consenting participants into our clinical trials. She also conducts history and physicals and other clinical tasks as required by study protocol. Prior to joining CBAM, she held NP positions based in urgent care, orthopedics, and psychiatric mental health. Ms. Ramirez completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing at CSU Dominguez Hills. She earned her Master of Science…

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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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Edgar Enrique Sanchez

Edgar serves as the CHIPTS Core Coordinator. Responsibilities include supporting center-wide communications (maintaining the CHIPTS website, email listservs, and social media accounts); collecting and organizing information for evaluating center-related activities; supporting center data compilation and literature reviews; and providing administrative and coordination support for center events and meetings. Prior to working with CHIPTS, Mr. Sanchez provided administrative support to both government agencies and local non-profit organizations in Los Angeles County. He is heavily involved in…

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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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Lizette Sturgeon, RN

Ms. Sturgeon is a Research Nurse Coordinator at the UCLA Vine Street Clinic. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of assigned clinical trials. She ensures that study activities are carried out according to the protocol and Standard Operating Procedures. She conducts medical procedures and administers study measures. Prior to joining CBAM, Ms. Sturgeon served as a Clinical Case Manager handling all aspects of her patients’ medical care. She earned Bachelors degrees in Nursing, as well…

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Somaieh Talebi, MHA

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 received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from Cal State 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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Dilara K. Üsküp, PhD, PhD

Dilara K. Üsküp, PhD, PhD, is a joint doctoral graduate of the University of Chicago’s Department of Political Science and the Divinity School. Her forthcoming manuscript, Sex in God’s City, examines theology as political persuasion. Dr. Üsküp’s research clarifies the ways in which religion, spirituality, and religious institutions affect behavioral interventions and biometric outcomes of the most vulnerable populations, especially African American/Black women.  Her research interests include: race/ethnicity, religion, and gender/sexuality at the intersection of public…

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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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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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