2012 Conference

Building Resilience

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Resilience is the ability to cope with stress and adversity. People living with HIV and the populations most affected by HIV have shown remarkable resilience in the face of a life-threatening illness, stigma and marginalization. As Ron Stall notes in his work on syndemics, it is concerning that one in four gay men in the U.S. who have three or more psychosocial health problems (e.g., depression, substance use, violence or abuse) reports engaging in high risk , but it is reassuring – and a sign of resilience – that three of four gay men who are coping with these complex psychosocial issues do not. There is growing evidence that resilience is the result of individuals interacting with their environments in a way that promotes well-being or protects them against the influence of risk factors. In this plenary session, panelists will discuss approaches and interventions that have the potential to empower people living with or at risk of HIV and build resilience.

Conall O'CleirighConall O'Cleirigh, Ph.D. is Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and Research Scientist at the Fenway Institute, Boston. Dr. O'Cleirigh's research focuses on adapting cognitive behavioral therapy for integrated treatment platforms to support HIV prevention and treatment. Dr. O'Cleirigh is also collaborating with Canadian researchers to address the intersection of anxiety, substance use and sexual risk among at risk MSM.

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Catherine DoddsCatherine Dodds, Ph.D. is a lecturer at Sigma Research in the department of Social and Environmental Health Research (SEHR) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. She has been undertaking research in the field of HIV prevention for over 13 years and specialises in tailor-made research dissemination for diverse audiences. She has extensive qualitative research experience into the interaction between social inequality and HIV prevention need among homosexually active men, and among African migrants to the UK.

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Samuel R. FriedmanSamuel R. Friedman, Ph.D. is Director of HIV/AIDS Research at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Theoretical Synthesis Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research in New York City. He has engaged in many international collaborative projects with the WHO MultiCentre Study of Drugs and HIV and with researchers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, Greece and other countries.

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Carrielynn LundCarrielynn Lund, MSW is a Métis consultant from Gift Lake, one of Alberta's eight Métis settlements. Her primary focus is on assisting Aboriginal communities to identify and address health and social issues that have a negative impact on their children and families. She has done extensive work in the area of heath research ethics, much of which focused on Aboriginal protocols around community ethical guidelines, intellectual property rights, ownership of data, and knowledge translation.

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