Nursing Prof Selected for Summer Institute at Yale School of Public Health

Photo of SarahSarah Abboud, assistant professor of women, children and family health science, was among eight junior faculty from around the country who participated in an intensive four-week program at the Yale School of Public Health and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) this summer.

The fellows were part of the annual Summer Institute sponsored by the REIDS (Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars) from June 12 to July 7. REIDS seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority academics in the field of HIV research.

During their time at Yale, the REIDS Fellows develop a pilot project proposal and were mentored on HIV community-based implementation science by top HIV researchers at CIRA. Each fellow is eligible to receive a $20,000 grant to conduct their pilot study.

Abboud’s research focuses on sexual health promotion among Arabs and Arab Americans, including examination of multi-level determinants that influence sexual behaviors and overall health throughout the immigration process.

Now in its seventh year, REIDS has trained 26 scholars and helped position them for careers in HIV research. The National Institute of Mental Health refunded the program with a $1.3 million grant in 2015.

Asst. professor Sarah Abboud (far left) with her class of REIDS fellows at Yale School of Public Health
Asst. professor Sarah Abboud (far left) with her class of REIDS fellows at Yale School of Public Health