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Emily Arnold, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-6226
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    Wesleyan UniversityBA1996College of Social Studies
    Columbia UniversityMA2000Sociomedical Sciences (Anthropology)
    Columbia UniversityPhD2004Sociomedical Sciences (Anthropology)
    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Fellowship2007Medicine

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    My research interests lie at the intersections of culture and health behavior, particularly as this relates to gender, sexuality, and HIV-related risk behavior. Much of my work has been concerned with sexual culture among gay and bisexual men, and its influence on sexual identity, sexual behavior, and HIV-related risk practices. I am also interested in identifying culturally appropriate HIV prevention intervention mechanisms to reach young gay and bisexual men. Over the past several years, I have also become committed to using community collaborative research approaches to alleviate health disparities, particularly those impacting ethnic and sexual minority communities. Building on my interest in teaching and mentoring, I have also become formally involved in the Visiting Professors program at CAPS, which is supported through several R25 training mechanisms, and is devoted to alleviating health disparities by broadening the pipeline of scholars from marginalized communities who are able to conduct rigorous research.



    One of my primary research agendas has been related to examining social networks and social support in the ballroom community, which consists of family-like houses, in the Bay Area. With additional quantitative training I obtained through my K award, I have explored the implications that houses and gay families, operationalized as social networks, may have on the provision of social support for young African American gay and bisexual men and its association with HIV-related risk behavior. This innovative project consisted of a two year ethnographic study to provide the foundation for the development of population-specific measures of social networks and social support, which were then fielded in a cross sectional quantitative survey in the final phase of the study. The ballroom community offers HIV prevention researchers and interventionists a unique and culturally appropriate avenue for reaching young African American gay and bisexual men, building on indigenous forms of social support already circulating through social networks in the community.


    Another area of research involves the development and testing of HIV prevention interventions for African American men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who do not necessarily identify as gay. I am currently the Principal Investigator on a NIMH R01 to rigorously test such an intervention using a randomized controlled trial. Together with CAL-PEP, a community-based organization in Oakland, we have developed the Bruthas Project, a four session counseling intervention for African American men who have sex with men and women (MSM/W). As part of the randomized controlled trial, we have recruited 400 African American MSM/W across the Bay Area, 200 of whom receive the Bruthas Project intervention, 200 of whom receive standard HIV testing and counseling. The men are followed over 9 months, with assessments at baseline, 3 months and 6 months follow-up. We hope to demonstrate that men enrolled in the Bruthas Project have less HIV-related sexual risk behavior and more regular HIV testing than men enrolled in the control group. We have also recently been funded to explore the unique issues facing HIV positive men in our cohort, to learn about their experiences with accessing and remaining engaged in care, so that we may be able to develop additional sessions to support healthy practices for those men who are already diagnosed with HIV.



    In recent years, I have become interested in issues pertaining to health care systems through my work with the AIDS Policy Research Center at CAPS, particularly focusing on publicly-funded sources of healthcare insurance for the poor and chronically underserved. As part of examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the accessibility of HIV-specialty care and treatment for low income individuals living with HIV in the State of California, we conducted a qualitative study of healthcare providers, county-level adminstrators, case workers, and people living with HIV to ascertain facilitators and barriers to remaining in care. This work was recently published in PLoS One. We are currently engaged in a follow up study examining a health insurance premium payment program for low income people with HIV which is administered by the State Office of AIDS. This is also a qualitative study and we will be broadly disseminating findings from this evaluation to policy makers, advocates, as well as other policy researchers throughout the State of California.


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    A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Bruthas Project
    NIH/NIMH R01MH090899Aug 1, 2010 - Jul 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Social Networks and Social Support among High Risk African American Men
    NIH/NIMH K01MH077489Aug 1, 2007 - Jul 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Carrico AW, Storholm ED, Flentje A, Arnold EA, Pollack LM, Neilands TB, Rebchook GM, Peterson JL, Eke A, Johnson W, Kegeles SM. Spirituality/religiosity, substance use, and HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 May 01; 174:106-112. PMID: 28319751.
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    2. Woolf-King SE, Anger A, Arnold EA, Weiss SJ, Teitel D. Mental Health Among Parents of Children With Critical Congenital Heart Defects: A Systematic Review. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Feb 01; 6(2). PMID: 28151402.
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    3. Arnold EA, Weeks J, Benjamin M, Stewart WR, Pollack LM, Kegeles SM, Operario D. Identifying social and economic barriers to regular care and treatment for Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) and who are living with HIV: a qualitative study from the Bruthas cohort. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Jan 28; 17(1):90. PMID: 28129757.
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    4. Arnold E, Sterrett-Hong E, Jonas A, Pollack LM, et al. Social networks and social support among ball-attending African American men who have sex with men and transgender women are associated with HIV-related outcomes. Glob Public Health. 2016 May 11; 1-15. PMID: 27169632.
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    5. Sevelius JM, Keatley J, Calma N, Arnold E. 'I am not a man': Trans-specific barriers and facilitators to PrEP acceptability among transgender women. Glob Public Health. 2016 Aug-Sep; 11(7-8):1060-75. PMID: 26963756.
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    6. Arnold EA, Steward WT. HIV transmission in MSM: considerations for PrEP scale-up. Lancet HIV. 2016 Feb; 3(2):e62-3. PMID: 26847227.
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    7. Arnold EA, Operario D, Cornwell S, Benjamin M, Smith CD, Lockett G, Kegeles SM. The Development of a Counseling-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for African American Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women: The Bruthas Project. AIDS Educ Prev. 2015 Dec; 27(6):505-21. PMID: 26595264; PMCID: PMC4661787 [Available on 12/01/16].
    8. Kegeles SM, Rebchook G, Tebbetts S, Arnold E. Facilitators and barriers to effective scale-up of an evidence-based multilevel HIV prevention intervention. Implement Sci. 2015; 10:50. PMID: 25889582; PMCID: PMC4405833.
    9. Kirby, V, Steward, WT, Arnold, EA. California AIDS Policy Center Report. Examining California’s Office of AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment Program: Barriers and facilitators to establishing and maintaining comprehensive insurance coverage for Californians living with HIV/AIDS. 2015.
    10. Arnold EA, Rebchook GM, Kegeles SM. 'Triply cursed': racism, homophobia and HIV-related stigma are barriers to regular HIV testing, treatment adherence and disclosure among young Black gay men. Cult Health Sex. 2014 Jun; 16(6):710-22. PMID: 24784224; PMCID: PMC4061253.
    11. Hazelton PT, Steward WT, Collins SP, Gaffney S, Morin SF, Arnold EA. California's "Bridge to Reform": identifying challenges and defining strategies for providers and policymakers implementing the Affordable Care Act in low-income HIV/AIDS care and treatment settings. PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e90306. PMID: 24599337; PMCID: PMC3943953.
    12. Binson,D, Arnold, EA, Woods, WJ, Danley, D, Lightfoot, MA, and Neilands, TB. Mentoring Institute conference proceedings. Mentoring Early Career Investigators in HIV/STI Health Disparities Research. 2013.
    13. Arnold, EA, and Bailey, MM. HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support. Understanding HIV Prevention for HIV Positive Gay Men: Innovative Approaches in Addressing the AIDS Epidemic, Leo Wilton, editor. 2013.
    14. Galindo GR, Walker JJ, Hazelton P, Lane T, Steward WT, Morin SF, Arnold EA. Community member perspectives from transgender women and men who have sex with men on pre-exposure prophylaxis as an HIV prevention strategy: implications for implementation. Implement Sci. 2012; 7:116. PMID: 23181780; PMCID: PMC3527231.
    15. Arnold EA, Hazelton P, Lane T, Christopoulos KA, Galindo GR, Steward WT, Morin SF. A qualitative study of provider thoughts on implementing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in clinical settings to prevent HIV infection. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e40603. PMID: 22792384; PMCID: PMC3394704.
    16. Sheran, NT, and Arnold, EA. Fairy godmothers and guardian angels: A qualitative study of gay mentorship relationships. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. 2012; 24(3):120-31.
    17. Saleh LD, Operario D, Smith CD, Arnold E, Kegeles S. "We're going to have to cut loose some of our personal beliefs": barriers and opportunities in providing HIV prevention to African American men who have sex with men and women. AIDS Educ Prev. 2011 Dec; 23(6):521-32. PMID: 22201236.
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    18. Foster ML, Arnold E, Rebchook G, Kegeles SM. 'It's my inner strength': spirituality, religion and HIV in the lives of young African American men who have sex with men. Cult Health Sex. 2011 Oct; 13(9):1103-17. PMID: 21824017; PMCID: PMC4475678.
    19. Operario D, Smith CD, Arnold E, Kegeles S. The Bruthas Project: evaluation of a community-based HIV prevention intervention for African American men who have sex with men and women. AIDS Educ Prev. 2010 Feb; 22(1):37-48. PMID: 20166786.
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    20. Arnold E, Galindo, GG, Gaffney, S, Steward, W, Morin, S. California AIDS Policy Center Report. Examining the Impact of the HIV-related State Budget Cuts: Comparing Alameda, Fresno, and Los Angeles Counties. 2010.
    21. Operario D, Smith CD, Arnold E, Kegeles S. Sexual risk and substance use behaviors among African American men who have sex with men and women. AIDS Behav. 2011 Apr; 15(3):576-83. PMID: 19572194.
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    22. Arnold EA, Bailey MM. Constructing Home and Family: How the Ballroom Community Supports African American GLBTQ Youth in the Face of HIV/AIDS. J Gay Lesbian Soc Serv. 2009 Jan 1; 21(2-3):171-188. PMID: 23136464.
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    23. Eyre SL, Arnold E, Peterson E, Strong T. Romantic relationships and their social context among gay/bisexual male youth in the Castro District of San Francisco. J Homosex. 2007; 53(4):1-29. PMID: 18689189.
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    24. Arnold E . Strategic communication in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: The place of ABC approaches in reaching diverse audiences. Culture, Health, and Sexuality. 2006; 5(8):479=81.
    25. Arnold E . Caught between a rock and a hard place: Quandaries of doing HIV prevention work with gay and bisexual men in an era of abstinence-only education. AIDS and Anthropology. 2004; 3(13):5-8.
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