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Tracey E. Wilson, PhD

Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine

Research Interests:

The primary aims of Dr. Wilson’s research are to increase our understanding of the social, structural, and psychological causes of racial/ethnic and gender-based health disparities, and to contribute to the development, testing, and dissemination of interventions that improve health outcomes and quality of life among men and women.

By focusing both on reducing risk factors and supporting social and psychological strengths and resources such as resilience and positive affect, she hopes to help support communities in achieving greater health, particularly as it relates to reducing risks for infectious diseases, promoting timely detection and treatment for disease, and staying actively engaged in care and adherent to medication regimens.

Recent projects:
  1. 1S21MD012474-01 (Pato, Riley, Salifu)                                      

    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH

    TRANSPORT – The Translational Program of Health Disparities Research Training

    This endowment award will establish a new and sustainable Translational Program of Health Disparities Research Training (TRANSPORT). TRANSPORT will provide a foundation for growing and developing a diverse biomedical research workforce that will position Downstate as a national leader in translational disparities and population health research. Our efforts will focus on recruiting and training underrepresented minority (URM) junior faculty, postdoctoral candidates and undergraduate students.

    Role: Co-Investigator

  2. P20MD006875 (Sub-Project ID: 5174; Wilson)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH

    Barbershop Talk HIV Prevention for African-American Men

    As a sub-project of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, this cluster randomized trial will test the efficacy of a CBPR-based behavioral intervention to reduce men’s HIV transmission risks.

    Role: Principal Investigator for Sub-Project

  3. P20MD006875 (Salifu, Fraser)
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH

    The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

    The long-term objectives of the Center are to foster community engaged research that contributes to the elimination of racial/ethnic health disparities in Brooklyn, New York and disseminate the ensuing clinically and community defined evidence-based health findings among academic, community, and policy stakeholders.

    Role: Co-Investigator, Research Core Co-Director

  4. U01A131834 (Minkoff and Gustafson)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

    The Women’s Interagency HIV Study, V                        

    This study examines the natural history of HIV in women in the United States.

    Role: Co-Investigator, Lead Investigator for Engagement in Care core aim.

Why I enjoy working at SUNY Downstate:

I have a great network of colleagues from a variety of disciplines here at Downstate and in the surrounding community--these collaborations result in many new and exciting ideas and opportunities for practice and research. I also gain a lot from working with the students in the school of public health and other schools and programs at Downstate; they help to keep me energized and passionate about public health!

Mailing Address:
450 Clarkson Ave, MSC 43
Brooklyn NY 11203

  • Wilson TE, Kay ES, Turan B, Johnson MO, Kempf MC, Turan JM, Cohen MH, Adimora AA, Pereyra M, Golub ET, Goparaju L, Murchison L, Wingood GM, Metsch LR. Healthcare Empowerment and HIV Viral Control: Mediating Roles of Adherence and Retention in Care. American journal of preventive medicine. 2018; PubMed [journal] PMID: 29656911
  • Gardner LI, Marks G, Patel U, Cachay E, Wilson TE, Stirratt M, Rodriguez A, Sullivan M, Keruly JC, Giordano TP. Gaps Up To 9 Months Between HIV Primary Care Visits Do Not Worsen Viral Load. AIDS patient care and STDs. 2018; 32(4):157-164. PubMed [journal] PMID: 29630849
  • Zhang Y, Wilson TE, Adedimeji A, Merenstein D, Milam J, Cohen J, Cohen M, Golub ET. The Impact of Substance Use on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Among HIV-Infected Women in the United States. AIDS and behavior. 2018; 22(3):896-908. NIHMSID: NIHMS880638 PubMed [journal] PMID: 28560499, PMCID: PMC5709246
  • Adams LM, Wilson TE, Merenstein D, Milam J, Cohen J, Golub ET, Adedimeji A, Cook JA. Using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale to assess depression in women with HIV and women at risk for HIV: Are somatic items invariant? Psychological assessment. 2018; 30(1):97-105. NIHMSID: NIHMS844359 PubMed [journal] PMID: 28230409, PMCID: PMC5568988
  • Belenky N, Pence BW, Cole SR, Dusetzina SB, Edmonds A, Oberlander J, Plankey MW, Adedimeji A, Wilson TE, Cohen J, Cohen MH, Milam JE, Golub ET, Adimora AA. Associations Between Medicare Part D and Out-of-Pocket Spending, HIV Viral Load, Adherence, and ADAP Use in Dual Eligibles With HIV. Medical care. 2018; 56(1):47-53. NIHMSID: NIHMS913735 PubMed [journal] PMID: 29227443, PMCID: PMC5728680

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