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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center

STAR Health Center (SHC)

Research

Susan Holman, RN, MS

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Ms. Holman, STAR Program Research Director, has been involved in the research and care of HIV and related diseases for most of her career. She currently oversees the Women's Interagency HIV Study, HIV clinical trials, a retention in care study as well as other research projects at SUNY-DMC. She is also actively involved in STAR's international training projects. Prior to her tenure with STAR, Ms. Holman coordinated the Perinatal HIV Transmission Study. She also served four years as Project Director of the Obstetrical HIV Counseling/Testing/Care Initiative with the NYS AIDS Institute and is a founding and former board member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Ms. Holman is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and is a NYS licensed adult nurse practitioner.

Taryn Aulicino, BS

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Ms. Aulicino joined the SHC as the Clinical Trials Coordinator in 2008 until 2011 when she took on the role of Study Coordinator for the WIHS. Formerly she worked for 25 years with SUNY-DMC's Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, as a Clinical Research Technologist. Prior to her tenure at SUNY-DMC, she worked as a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Technologist as well an Infection Control Surveillance Officer at The College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Aulicino holds a BS in Medical Technology.

Tiffany Bryan, BS

Tiffany Bryan joined the WIHS in July 2013 as a Clinical Research Associate, having started as a volunteer in November 2012. Ms. Bryan was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology, magna cum laude with departmental honors, from Spelman College in May 2012. Her research passion is health disparities and she plans to pursue graduate education in public health.

Raldyne Charles, MA

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Ms. Charles has been working with the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) as a Clinical Research Associate since 2006. While working with WIHS, she was also the HIV counselor/tester for the emergency department rapid HIV testing program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center from 2007-2008. Ms. Charles attended Binghamton University where she obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Anne Fortunat, BA

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Ms. Fortunat recently joined WIHS as a Clinical Research Assistant where she administers study interviews and assists with study-related examinations.  Ms. Fortunat earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Binghamton University in 2002.  She previously worked as a caseworker providing protective services on behalf of children and their families involved in abuse, neglect and exploitation.  Ms. Fortunat is fluent in English/French/Haitian Creole.

Linda Latoni

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Ms. Latoni joined the SHC in 1998, as a Clinical Research Assistant for the WIHS. Prior to her tenure here, she worked at Kings County Hospital Center in the Family Planning Clinic.

Michelle McMillan

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Ms. McMillan joined the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) in May of 1998. Ms. McMillan has been the lab technician for the WIHS study for the last eleven years. Prior to working on the WIHS project, she had the opportunity to work in virology on another HIV study. Ms. McMillan is currently pursuing a degree in health science from South University on-line program.


Tonya Taylor, PhD, MS

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Tonya N. Taylor, PhD, MS, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, joined the STAR Program in 2009. Dr. Taylor received a joint PhD in Anthropology and Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Her intellectual interests range across Medical and Linguistic Anthropology, with a substantive focus on health- and treatment-seeking behaviors, sexual and reproductive culture, mental health and well-being and HIV prevention. Dr. Taylor has extensive experience in the design and implementation of ethnographic and survey research in the United States and in Southern and Eastern Africa. In 2009, she completed a three-year NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and a MS in Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health. In 2011, Dr. Taylor was awarded a Career Development Award from NIMH to identify the prevention needs of older women with HIV. Iin 2013 Dr. Taylor became a Butler-William Scholar at the National Institute of Aging.