Faculty Profile

Kristi  Gamarel, PhD, Ed.M.

Kristi Gamarel, PhD, Ed.M.

  • Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education
  • 3826 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

Kristi Gamarel's (she/her) program of research focuses on elucidating and addressing how intersectional oppression contributes health inequities among LGBTQ+ communities. Her research is largely focused on the development of community-engaged interventions designed with, by, and for transgender and nonbinary people of color. She is a founding member of the “Love Her Collective” which a community-academic partnership with the Trans Sistas of Color Project (TSoCP) with the mission of meeting the needs of transgender women of color. The Love Her Collective's current intervention research focuses addressing social determinants of HIV, including violence, gender affirmation, economic vulnerability, and health-harming legal needs. An additional area of her research focuses on dissemination and implementation science in the context of HIV prevention interventions, including peer-delivered and digital health interventions. She has also been actively involved with the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN) for over 8 years, including serving as Protocol Chair. She co-created and currently directs the ATN Communication-Dissemination Hub, which is focused on expediting the gap between research, practice, and policy. Her scholarship is informed by community-based participatory research principles, and she prioritizes cultural humility in her research, teaching, and mentoring.

  • PhD, Social Psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2014
  • Ed.M., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College Columbia University, 2009
  • M.A., Psychological Counseling, Teachers College Columbia University, 2008
  • B.A., Psychology, Bard College, 2001

  • Gamarel, K.E., & Golub, S.A. (in press). Closeness discrepancies and intimacy interference: Motivations for HIV prevention behavior in primary romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

  • Gamarel, KE, Mereish, EH, Colby, SM, Barnett, NP, Hayes, K, Jackson, KM (2018). Sexual minority disparities in substance use willingness among youth. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(1), 170-175.

  • Gamarel, KE, Nelson, KM, Stephenson, R, Santiago Rivera, OJ, Chiaramonte, D, Miller, RL & the Adolescent Medicine Trails Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2018). Anticipated HIV stigma and delays in regular HIV testing behaviors among sexually-active young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender women. AIDS & Behavior, 22(2), 522-530.

  • Operario, D., Gamarel, K.E., Iwamoto, M., Suzuki, S., Suico, S., Darbes, L., Nemoto, T. (2017). Couples-focused prevention program to reduce HIV risk among transgender women and their primary male partners: Feasibility and promise of the Couples HIV Intervention Program. AIDS & Behavior, 21(8), 2452-2463.

  • Gamarel, K.E., Neilands, T.B., Conroy, A.A., Dilworth, S.E., Lisha, N., Taylor, J.M., Darbes, L.A., & Johnson, M.O. (2017). A longitudinal study of persistent smoking among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in primary relationships. Addictive Behaviors, 66, 118-124.

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