Iván Balán PhD
I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. My NIH-funded research has focused on intervention development and HIV prevention. This includes interventions to improve retention of Latino patients in anti-depressant treatment, link dually-diagnosed methadone patients to psychiatric care, and improve engagement and outcomes in Behavioral Activation Treatment for depression. My domestic and international HIV research has ranged from exploring factors related to HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men, to use of self- and partner rapid HIV testing, to fostering adherence to novel biomedical HIV prevention products.
My research interests lie in behavioral aspects of HIV prevention and treatment, LGBT mental health, Latino mental health, and improving treatment engagement and adherence using Motivational Interviewing.