SHINE Research

Mission: In the SHINE Research Program, we seek to enhance health and well-being through innovative strategies that are informed by community engagement and infused with evidence-based psychological and behavioral tools.

The Strengthening Health with INnovation and Engagement (SHINE) research program engages in research that (a) enhances our understanding of the relationships between resilience, trauma, and health outcomes among individuals with HIV and those at risk for HIV, (b) investigates psychosocial (e.g., discrimination) and structural factors (e.g., poverty) that relate to health disparities, (c) develops effective prevention and intervention strategies to promote resilience and good health outcomes, and (d) engages community members and stakeholders in research.

SHINE Research Program - Current Projects

Monitoring Microaggressions and Adversities to Generate Interventions for Change (MMAGIC)

NIMH 1R56MH121194-01

mmagic imageThe purpose of the study is to assess whether microaggressions and discrimination (macroaggressions) experienced by BWLWH negatively impact HIV viral suppression by way of mental health symptoms (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use) and health behaviors (i.e. ART adherence, engagement in care). We will collect data longitudinally on microaggressions experienced by BWLWH via a short daily text message, and more extensively via assessments at three-month intervals. The study involves up to five visits over a period of one year and participants can receive up to $375 in total.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are a Black and/or African American woman
  • Are living with HIV
  • Age 18 or older
  • Speak English

Writing to Alleviate Violence Exposure for Transgender Women (WAVE- TW)

NIH P30AI073961

writing imageThe current study will assess feasibility and acceptability and gather preliminary data for a trauma writing intervention with an integrated session on medication adherence among transgender women living with HIV in a formative qualitative phase and an open pilot trial. This study will be executed through a close collaboration between the PI (Dr. Dale) and the Empower “U” Community Health Center. The study involves up to nine visits over a period of four months and participants can receive up to $275 in total.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are a Transgender female
  • Are living with HIV
  • Age 18 or older
  • Have a history of trauma/abuse
  • Speak English

Five Point Initiative

Center for HIV and Research in Mental Health (CHARM) Administrative Supplement to Strategic Partnerships to End the HIV Epidemic in America’s Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations
NIMH 1 P30 MH116867-01

five points imageThe proposed Five Point Initiative will strategically (1) partner with five venues (barbershops, hair/beauty salons, laundromats, corner stores, and mechanics) in five predominantly Black communities in Miami (2) closely collaborate with community health organizations funded by the CDC, HRSA, and/or SAMHSA and (3) host twenty five events in which community members complete a brief electronic survey in exchange for a service/voucher (e.g. free laundry wash and dry) and are offered HIV/STI voluntary counseling and testing, and condoms. Outcomes of the Five Point Initiative will include (a) survey information (e.g. HIV status, HIV treatment, knowledge of and access to PrEP, barriers to medical and mental health care) and pilot data (acceptability and feasibility of the approach), (b) expansion of the D-ARC reach to Black individuals in HIV high impact zip codes in Miami, (c) a local framework for implementation and dissemination efforts in high impact zip codes in Miami, (d) condom distribution, and (e) HIV/STI testing by community health organizations.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are age 18 or older
  • Are present during the community events at the “five points” (barbershop, hair/beauty salon, corner store, laundromat, and mechanic) in the predominantly Black communities in Miami.

Striving Towards Empowerment and Medication Adherence (STEP-AD)

medicine imageSTEP-AD is funded by a Mentored Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institute of Mental Health. The purpose of STEP-AD is to develop and assess the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention to improve medication adherence for Black women with HIV. The intervention combines evidence-based strategies for trauma symptom reduction, strategies for coping with racial and HIV-related discrimination, gender empowerment, problem solving techniques for medication adherence, and other resilient coping techniques. The STEP-AD study consists of four phases: (1) formative/qualitative phase (completed), (2) open pilot trial (completed), (3) small RCT, and (4) preparation for an R01 application in partnership with a community based clinic/organization.

The study involves up to 13 study visits over a 6 month period and participants can receive up to $400 in total.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are a Black and/or African American woman
  • Are living with HIV
  • Have experienced abuse or trauma

Motivational Interviewing to Increase Motivation for PrEP Uptake Among Black Woman at Risk for HIV (MI-PrEP)

womenMI-PrEP is funded by the University of Miami’s Provost Award. This study purpose of the study is to develop and pilot a brief two-session counseling intervention that combines psychoeducation on PrEP, MI techniques, and case management (e.g. helping with access to insurance or medication programs for low-income patients) in a culturally-informed manner to promote PrEP uptake among Black women at high risk for HIV. MI-PrEP uses evidence-based counseling techniques that have been shown to increase health-enhancing behaviors in brief interventions. The MI-PrEP study consists of two phases: an open pilot trial and a randomized control trial. The study involves up to three study visits over a 6 week period and participants can receive up to $75 in total.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are a Black and/or African-American woman
  • Are 18 years of age or older, and
  • Are HIV negative