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Meet the Team

Jamila K. Stockman, PhD, MPH

Dr. Stockman is a Vice Chief and Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is also Director of the Disparities Core at UC San Diego’s Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Stockman received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MPH degree from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Women SHINE study.

Katherine M. Anderson, MPH

Katherine is a Clinical Research Coordinator in with Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, at University of California San Diego. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and French from Marquette University, and her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University. Currently, she works on several of Dr. Jamila K. Stockman’s studies, including being the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Women SHINE study.

Cassandra Cyr

Casey is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Women SHINE. She earned her BS in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut, where her studies focused on synaptic transmission and neurological pathology. Casey was a Research Assistant in the Emergency Department at Hartford Hospital, before acting as Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT in the Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Casey then worked as an Andrologist in the clinical lab at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in Farmington, CT until 2017, when she moved to San Diego, CA.

Helen Zhu

Helen is a Research Associate and Research Program Manager in the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Health at UCSD. Originally from Colorado, she graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Human Biology and B.A. in Ethnic Studies. She serves as a Research Associate for the Women SHINE project. She is in the process of applying to medical school during her gap year.

Emily Burroughs

Emily is a Research Associate in the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego, currently serving as a Research Associate for Women SHINE. A San Diego native, she graduated from the Honors Program at St. Joseph’s University New York (Brooklyn) with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Emily has previous research experience regarding the effects of prenatal stressors on anxiety and depression in Drosophila melanogaster and currently volunteers with The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ+ youth crisis hotline.

Shelby Brunenieks

Shelby is a Research Assistant with the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, at the University of California San Diego. She is currently working as a Research Assistant on the Women SHINE study. At UCSD, she is also a STARTneuro fellow, a two-year fellowship supported by the National Institute of Health for neuroscience research. Previously, she was a research assistant investigating the efficacy of accelerated intermediate theta burst stimulation for inducing synaptic plasticity and reducing the symptomology of anhedonic depression.

S. Giovanna Carr, LMFT

Giovanna is a Clinical Interventionist in the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, at University of California San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Regis University, her Master’s degree in Sociology from Humbodlt State University, and her Master’s degree in Psychology from Chapman University. Additionally, she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of California. Giovanna is a Clinical Interventionist for Women SHINE.

Melanie Barker, MPH, LCSW

Melanie holds Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health, with an emphasis on Health Services Administration, graduating with Phi Kappa Phi Honors. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified Alcohol and Drug Clinical Supervisor, and a California Association of DUI Treatment Programs Certification Board Member. She is the Executive/Clinical Director of the SDSU Center for Alcohol & Drug Studies & Services’ Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Program, where she oversees the clinical and administrative operations. Melanie is a Clinical Interventionist for Women SHINE.

Karla Valdez

Karla is a Peer Navigator with the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, at the University of California San Diego and with Women SHINE. Karla has over 20 years of lived and professional experience as a Peer Navigator for women who are pregnant or have children by providing mental health support and education in a peer-based setting focusing on access and retention to care, medication adherence, and additional support services specific to this population.

Lynnea Garbutt

Lynnea is a peer navigator for the Women SHINE study, co-facilitating weekly group sessions and providing psychoeducation.  Lynnea is currently serving as the lead CAB member for the UCLA/CDU Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board and has served as the SPA 6 Representative on the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV/AIDS. She has spent the last 30-plus years as an advocate using her lived experience to educate others on the multi-faceted issues surrounding the HIV epidemic. 

Wanda London

Wanda is a Peer Navigator for the WomenSHINE study, co-facilitating weekly sessions and providing psychoeducation. Wanda had over twenty years of progressive experience and education in HIV/AIDS. She has learned how to live with HIV and has discovered her voice along the journey to healing. The more knowledge she has acquired regarding HIV/AIDS, the more she wishes to encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle with this virus. She published a book, “The ABCs’ of HIV/AIDS”, wanting to share her experience of teaching HIV 101 in the classroom to the community. Wanda’s passion is sharing HIV education and promoting HIV prevention!

Myiesha Phelps

Myiesha is a Community Engagement Research Coordinator with Women SHINE. She is passionate about helping women develop valuable tools to thrive, working in HIV/AIDS Research to examine the social determinants of the vulnerabilities and pathways to susceptibility, while advocating for women living with HIV/AIDS to increase equitable access to quality healthcare and social support services. Myiesha graduated from Columbia University, with a Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management and UC Berkeley with a certification in Project Management.