Iván Balán Ph.D
Dr. Iván Balán is a Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Social Medicine at the FSU College of Medicine. He is also an affiliated investigator at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute where he was a Research Scientist and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) prior to coming to FSU. His 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 developing interventions to foster adherence to novel biomedical HIV prevention products such as oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the dapivarine vaginal ring, and rectal microbicides.
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.