Louisa Gilbert Louisa Gilbert, Ph.D. ( is a licensed social worker with 25 years of experience developing, implementing and testing multi-level interventions to address HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, trauma, partner violence and other co-occurring issues among vulnerable communities in the U.S. and Central Asia. She has served as the Co-Director of the Social Intervention Group since 1999 and the Co-Director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia since 2007. Her specific area of research interest has concentrated on advancing a continuum of evidence-based interventions to prevent intimate partner violence among drug-involved women and women in the criminal justice system.  More recently, her funded research has also focused on identifying and addressing structural and organizational barriers in harm reduction programs to implementing evidence-based interventions to prevent overdose among drug users in Central Asia.

Carl Latkin, Ph.D., M.S., Vice Chair, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ( Carl Latkin’s work focuses on HIV and STI prevention and care with disadvantaged populations, mental health and distress among inner-city residents, the role of substance abuse on HIV risk behaviors, and measurement of social-contextual factors including social and personal network analysis, neighborhood characteristics, and geographic information systems among disadvantaged populations. As a PI and Co-I on CDC, NIH and USAID funded grants, Carl has helped design, implement, and evaluate over a dozen randomized clinical trials of behavioral social network oriented interventions for disadvantaged populations, in domestic and international settings for over two decades, including interventions for people living with HIV and injection drug users, women who exchange sex, and men who have sex with men. Carl was involved in adapting and piloting SHIELD peer education intervention in Kyrgyzstan.

Dr. Anne (Brisson) Malin

Anne (Brisson) Malin, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W. ( is the former Director of Operations and Associate Research Scientist for the Columbia University Global Health Research Center in Central Asia (GHRCCA). Dr. Malin was the Principal Investigator on two NIH NIDA funded studies (HIV Prevention Study with Heroin Using Women Sex Workers in Tajikistan, and SHIELD Central Asia: HIV Prevention with Injection Drug Users in Osh, Kyrgyzstan). Previously, Dr. Malin was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Kosovo (2003-2004) and Project Director for a USAID funded Population Services International (PSI) HIV prevention program in Kosovo. Dr. Malin coordinated the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Boston City Hospital early in her career and was a recipient of a NIAAA funded pre-doctoral training grant. Dr. Malin has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University, a M.P.H. from the Boston University School of Public Health, a recently earned clinical Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Southern Maine, and completed a Traumatic Stress Studies certificate program through the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston. Dr. Malin is currently living in Tunis, Tunisia.

Assel Terlikbayeva, MD, M.S.W. ( is the Regional Director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) in Kazakhstan since 2007. Her research interests have focused on behavioral interventions related to HIV, TB, STIs, substance use and mental health in Central Asia. Currently, she is leading three large RO1s in Kazakhstan focusing on linkage to HIV care and improving HIV treatment outcomes among three key population groups: injection drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with men (MSM). In previous years, GHRCCA has completed several NIH-funded grants focused on HIV among injection drug users and migrants, including an R01 focused on adapting a couple-based HIV risk reduction intervention for people who inject drugs. Over the past 10 years, she has implemented substance use and HIV/STI prevention and intervention studies in Kazakhstan and created strong community partnerships, established close cooperation with governmental agencies, and trained and supervised local research teams in recruitment and retention of research participants. Dr. Terlikbayeva received her MD from the Almaty Medical University in 2001 and Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2003.

Timothy HuntTimothy Hunt, Ph.D ( is Director of Training and Capacity Building for Columbia University School of Social Work’s Social Intervention Group (SIG), the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA), and former executive director for Middle East and Gulf projects for CSSW where he has provided extensive leadership for health and social service organizations in the adaption and integration of evidence-based strategies and research methods both in the US and internationally.  He brings over 26 years of clinical experience as a family/couples’ therapist, licensed clinical social worker, and addiction specialist to the project and has personally trained over 9,000 healthcare staff. Dr. Hunt has also developed and disseminated curriculum and technical assistance in three Central Asian nations to build medical and social service staff capacity to engage high risk populations while enhancing adherence to treatment and care, and preventing overdose funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USAID.


Tina Jiwatram-NegronTina Jiwatram-Negrón, Ph.D ( is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Her research and teaching focuses on different intersections of gender-based violence, including HIV and HIV risk behaviors (sex work, substance use), and related trauma/mental health outcomes. She specializes in intervention research among individuals and couples in these specific topical areas, both domestically and internationally, with emphasis on low-resource settings. Previously, she served as a Project Director at the Columbia University Social Intervention Group and Global Health Research Center of Central Asia on multiple HIV risk reduction and gender-based violence prevention intervention projects. Also thoroughly grounded in the non-profit sector for over a decade, Dr. Jiwatram-Negrón previously worked at multiple community mental health and domestic violence non-profits within the U.S., and was recently identified a Gender Expert by the United Nations.


Pemu Doma Bhutia

Pemu Doma Bhutia ( is a community development worker with more than 10 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS and its related challenges. She has vast experience working with and for Key Populations (KPs) most affected by HIV/AIDS in the Asia Pacific region. Her area of work has been program and partnership management, Resource mobilisation/fund raising for KP NGOs and CBOs, Donor relations, capacity building of KPs for effective response towards HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment care and support. She is also Master trainer on Stepping Stones (UGANDA) module related to HIV/AIDS and Gender and the WINGS SBIRT module on GBV and IPV. In the past she has worked with international organisations like VSO UK, TSF South Asia UNAIDS. She also has hands on experience on facilitating workshops/trainings of Global Fund Risk management and PR management Dashboard. Pemu is currently working in Technical Support Hub at India HIV/AIDS Alliance as a Senior Officer for the Asia Pacific Region based in India.

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