Fellowship welcomes our first cohort of pre-doctoral fellows


Phillip Marotta

Phil Marotta holds a Master of Public Health (Population and Family Health) and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia University, he completed a post-MSW clinical training fellowship through Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry where he worked with persons with serious mental illness in acute psychiatric crises. He has worked on research projects for the Center for Latino and Adolescent Family Health at New York University, the Department of Population and Family Health at Mailman School of Public Health, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, the Urban Justice Center, the Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and the Yale University Violence and Health Group. His most recent position was interim director for two juvenile justice programs through the Center for Court Innovation on Staten Island, NY.

Phil Marotta is interested in developing and evaluating programs that incorporate law enforcement officers into public health interventions for vulnerable populations. As a trained Crisis Intervention Team Clinician, this includes research into encounters between law enforcement officers and persons with severe mental illness, substance use disorders and dual diagnosis. Broadly, his research is situated at the intersection of stigma, mental illness, substance abuse and HIV-risk among incarcerated and justice-involved populations.

Karen Shiu

Karen’s research interests are in evaluating HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs in light of the Affordable Care Act, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and CDC’s High Impact Prevention approach. Karen began her work in HIV/AIDS during her 4th year at the University of California, Davis, where she studied the economic outcomes of HIV/AIDS-related orphanhood in sub-Saharan African. During her time at the University of California, Berkeley, Karen completed a thesis on the extent of HIV/AIDS-associated stigma within Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Since completing her MPH in 2011, Karen has worked on HIV/AIDS and STD-related projects in academic, local government, and non-profit settings.

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