Developing eHealth Apps for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: A Tale of Two Cities

Tuesday, December 13 12-1:30pm 

Claudia Cohen Hall Class of '55 Terrace Room

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Description: 

José Bauermeister, PhD, MPH is the Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at the School of Nursing. Nadia Dowshen, MD is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Both Bauermeister and Dowshen have experience in the development process of building mHealth apps for men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans-gender populations in the cities of Detroit and Philadelphia. This process and challenges will be discussed.

Speaker Bios: 

José Bauermeister, PhD, MPH is the Penn Presidential Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at the School of Nursing. Dr. Bauermeister's research focuses on developing HIV/STI prevention and care programs for at-risk adolescents and young adults, including young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YGBMSM); perinatally HIV-infected and HIV-affected youth; and racial/ethnic minorities living in urban centers. 

At Penn Nursing, Dr. Bauermeister is developing and testing several technology-assisted multilevel interventions to reduce HIV/STI risk and psychosocial vulnerability among sexual and gender minority youth across the United States. Several of these projects include a life skills intervention for sexual and gender minority youth, and a sex education dating app for YGBMSM who meet partners online. Dr. Bauermeister is also actively involved in the study of rectal and vaginal microbicides as new biomedical technologies in HIV prevention.  Given his expertise in HIV prevention and care among adolescents and young adults, Dr. Bauermeister serves in the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Archives of Sexual Behavior, AIDS and Behavior, Health Education & Behavior, and American Journal of Community Psychology.

 

Nadia Dowshen, MD is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to specialized care for youth living with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Dowshen also provides general adolescent medical care at CHOP and Covenant House, PA, a youth shelter located in Philadelphia.  She recently co-founded the CHOP Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic which now provides medical and psychosocial support to more than 250 gender non-conforming children and adolescents.  She is faculty member at CHOP’s PolicyLab and a Community Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Dowshen was awarded a career development award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the use of youth-friendly technology to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy and other health outcomes for sexual and gender minority adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. She is also interested more broadly in research around issues of STD and HIV prevention and treatment as well as achieving health equity for other marginalized youth including LGBT and homeless adolescents. Dr. Dowshen received the 2010 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator Award for her research identifying protective factors against HIV infection among young transgender women. She was recently named an NIH Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) Scholar and a Best Young Investigator by the National Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Dowshen also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sexual Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a national non-profit which promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates for the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.

Seminar Partner: Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health
Seminar Partner: Penn Injury Science Center