Epidemiology PhD Student Receives NIDA F-31 Fellowship

PhD student Verlin Joseph received a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) F-31 Fellowship for a project titled, “Patterns of Marijuana Use for HIV/AIDS Pain Management: A Mixed Methods Approach.” The F-31 Fellowship provides support to doctoral students who perform dissertation research and training in specific health related areas. The aims of this grant are to identify biological, social, psychological, and substance use predictors of pain severity among people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS; assess predictors of cannabis use disorder among those reporting pain; and conduct thematic open-ended interviews targeting marijuana use for severe pain. The training goals focus on gaining clinical trial experience in measuring pain, enhancing conceptual and practical understanding of how marijuana affects pain in PLWH, and developing professional skills including first authored manuscript production, scientific presentations, and grant writing