Renee El-krab

Graduate Student

Research Overview

Broadly I am interested in HIV treatment and prevention. I am currently writing a NIH F31 grant to develop an intersectional HIV stigma measure that can be used in South Africa to understand the relationship between intersectional HIV stigma and HIV treatment adherence in a context that has not yet been assessed. After my grant is funded, the remainder of my time at UCONN will be spent on this grant and on my dissertation. Outside of my grant, I am an author on three papers that have been accepted for publication. I am also an author on an additional 4 papers that are under review. The topics of the papers include suicidality, HIV stigma and adherence to PrEP and ART, the effect of Covid-19 on HIV care. Before starting my research at UCONN, I completed a master’s thesis at ASU that examined the role of empathy on HIV stigma.


Master’s Degree in Psychology, Arizona State University, 2020
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sam Houston State University, 2018

Recent/Selected Publications

Vargas, P. A., & El-krab, R. (2019). Health Status and Suicidality: What is the Connection? Estado de saúde e suicídio: Qual é a ligação?. In IV Leipzig-Evora Scientific Meeting in Psychology 1st International Scientific Meeting in Psychology (p. 67).

Mistler CB, Curley CM, Rosen AO, El-Krab R, Wickersham JA, Copenhaver MM, Khati A, Shrestha R. The Impact of COVID-19 on Access to HIV Prevention Services Among Opioid-Dependent Individuals. J Community Health. 2021 Mar 26:1–7. doi: 10.1007/s10900-021-00979-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33770334; PMCID: PMC7996112.

Kalichman S, Mathews C, El-Krab R, Banas E, Kalichman M. Forgoing antiretroviral therapy to evade stigma among people living with HIV, Cape Town, South Africa. J Behav Med. 2021 Mar 31. doi: 10.1007/s10865-021-00212-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33788070.

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