Training Program in Translational Science, HIV, and Sexual and Gender Minority Health

Project: Research project

Project Details


Sexual and gender minorities (SGM) are heavily burdened by HIV in the U.S., including cisgender sexual minority men, transgender women and men, and non-binary people assigned male at birth. SGM also experience vast health inequities outside of HIV, including mental health problems, substance use, and various physical health outcomes. Minority stressors (i.e., those unique to SGM) are linked to HIV-related outcomes and mental health, driven by various biopsychosocial processes. Further, these health issues do not occur in a vacuum; multiple, comorbid health-related issues interact synergistically to form a “syndemic” that drives HIV incidence and HIV care outcomes among SGM. In order to rapidly address these issues, we need skilled translational scientists who can delineate the mechanistic processes driving disparities, translate findings into interventions, and implement programs with communities. Built on the infrastructure of Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, the Training Program in Translational Science, HIV, and Sexual and Gender Minority Health (NU-THRIVE) will support promising scientists in building the skills necessary to understand these complex relationships and mitigate health disparities impacting SGM people, including HIV. NU-THRIVE aims to train postdoctoral fellows in research methods across the Translational Science Spectrum through a rigorous program in which they will: 1) specialize and gain depth of knowledge in 2 Translational Science Skill Domains (i.e., Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Interventions & Trials, Implementation Science) through mentored research; and 2) gain breadth of knowledge in all 4 domains through a formal training curriculum. NU-THRIVE will support 3 new postdoctoral fellows per year, on 2-year appointments. We expect a majority will have a PhD (behavioral/social science) and a minority will be MD physician-scientists. Fellows will select 1 Primary and 1 Secondary M
Effective start/end date5/1/224/30/27


  • National Institute of Mental Health (1T32MH130325-01)