Roman Shrestha, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Allied Health Sciences (Affiliate)
Roman Shrestha is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Connecticut. He holds a Master in Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Public Health from the University of Connecticut Health Center. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of HIV prevention, with particular focus on combination approach to HIV prevention (i.e., integration of biomedical and behavioral interventions), neurocognitive impairment, and substance abuse.
His research primarily involves the development and testing of innovative HIV prevention approaches, particularly among high risk populations. Roman has been undertaking and leading a bio-behavioral project that involves integrating an evidence-based biomedical approach (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; PrEP) with a brief evidence-based behavioral approach (Community-friendly Health Recovery Program; CHRP) that incorporates innovative tools (e.g., mHealth technology, cognitive remediation strategies) specifically designed to accommodate the disruptive impact that neurocognitive impairment may have on PrEP adherence and HIV risk reduction behaviors.
He has been involved in a number of NIDA- and CDC-funded research projects that deal with HIV risk reduction among priority populations within community-based, clinical, and criminal justice settings.
2017 Ph.D., Public Health (University of Connecticut)
2013 Master of Public Health (University of Connecticut)
2011 B.S., (summa cum laude) with Highest Distinction (Wiley College)
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