Marya Gwadz

Marya Gwadz


Senior Research Scientist

1 212 992 7147

433 First Avenue
Room 748
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Gwadz is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Senior Research Scientist, and the Director of the Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR, P30 DA011041; Sherry Deren, PhD, and Holly Hagan, PhD, Co-PIs). Her research focuses mainly on identifying approaches to increase health equity among African American/Black and Hispanic populations. Dr. Gwadz has been leading intervention trials for over two decades, with an emphasis on studies to address HIV- and drug use-related health disparities in urban populations of color, and among women. She has a particular interest in creating culturally appropriate, cost-effective, scalable, and reproducible intervention programs, including studies using adaptive designs and the Multiphase Optimization STrategy (MOST). She also leads a program of research with vulnerable adolescent populations, including runaway and homeless youth.

PhD in clinical psychology(1998) - NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Infectious disease
Women's health
Substance use
Professional membership
American Public Health Association
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