HIV/STI Intervention & Prevention Studies (HIPS)

The mission of the HIPS program is to advance the health of the community, locally, nationally and internationally, through research, education and service activities.

Faculty and Staff

Assistant Professor and Director, HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

I study HIV and STI epidemiology, particularly in resource limited settings. I am also interested in infectious disease dynamics, social determinants of health, and health equity. I am also the director of the HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS).

Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP, is professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He has advanced degrees in psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine, with postdoctoral training in clinical/research sexology. Born and raised in New Zealand, he helped found the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (1983), then completed the first PhD in HIV prevention in the Southern Hemisphere at the Flinders University of South Australia. Simon moved to University of Minnesota in 1990. He is an award-winning author of 5 books and numerous scientific articles, serves as a reviewer for NIH on the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS, and is best known for his research in the areas of HIV prevention, male homosexuality, homophobia, sexual health, Internet sex, and structural level interventions. Currently he is principal investigator on three NIH-funded studies testing highly interactive Internet based interventions for Men who use the Internet to seek Sex with Men, examining the long-term impacts of HIV prevention interventions for persons living with HIV, and structural level interventions to lower alcohol-related HIV risk; a CDC-formative study designing online interventions for persons living with HIV; and a state-funded study to improve the sexual health and reduce HIV risk behavior among MSM.

Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota

Dr. West is a lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota specializing in scientific and technical communication. His recent focus is on learning in e-environments, e-communication in medical and homeland security crises, and differences in learning between online and offline classroom environments.

Kumi Smith 612-301-3051 smi00831@umn.edu
B.R. Simon Rosser 612-624-0358 rosser@umn.edu
William West 612-530-8557 westx005@umn.edu
Gunna Kilian 612-626-8148 kilian@umn.edu
James Dewitt 612-624-8252 dewit100@umn.edu
Angelique Lele 612-625-8329 alele@umn.edu
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