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Lisa Metsch

Chair, Sociomedical Sciences
Stephen Smith Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Lisa Metsch, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the prevention of HIV among populations with substance abuse problems. Dr. Metsch was one of the early researchers in the era of antiretroviral therapy to articulate the importance of creating prevention/primary care programs for people living with HIV, not simply those at risk of infection. She also was part of the multi-site team funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that developed and tested the first evidence-based linkage to care intervention for individuals who were newly diagnosed with HIV.

Dr. Metsch’s current work focuses on developing innovative strategies to increase the uptake of testing, linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care among vulnerable populations. For example, she is funded by the National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research to explore the feasibility of offering HIV testing in dental care settings. In collaboration with the Department of Sociomedical Sciences’ Center for the Psychosocial Study of Illness, she is also launching a qualitative study with HIV-positive hospital p