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Faculty & Staff

UW BIRCH draws upon the unique talents of researchers from wide and varied backgrounds. From statistics to virology, from psychology to health administration, the one and only unifying trait amongst our faculty and staff is this: we are all dedicated to and passionate about lessening the impact of HIV upon an individual’s mental health.

Administrative Core

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Susan Graham


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Lydia Chwastiak

Associate Director, Administrative Core

Director, Integrated Care Core

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Susan Mello

Administrative Director

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Sherly Herrera

Program Manager

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Michele Andrasik

Community Liaison

Developmental Core

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Patrick Raue


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Roberto Orellana

Associate Director

Integrated Care Core

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Lydia Chwastiak

Associate Director, Administrative Core

Director, Integrated Care Core

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Julie Dombrowski


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Anjuli Wagner


Methods Core

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Brian Flaherty


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Kwun Chuen Gary Chan

Associate Director

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David Huh


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Bryan J. Weiner


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Chongzhi Di


Affiliate Faculty

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Allison Webel

BIRCH Affiliate Faculty

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Emily Williams

BIRCH Affiliate Faculty

Community Action Group

Comprised of experts and leaders within our local communities, the Community Action Group serves the dual-purpose of providing an outside perspective on evaluating BIRCH’s strategy and research while also weighing in on developing best-practices for community engagement.

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Alejandra Grillo-Roa

Prevention and Care Program Manager of Entre Hermanos

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Renee McCoy

HIV/Aids Program Manager of African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry

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Kathleen Wilcox

Executive Director of African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry

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Martha Zuniga

Deputy Director of Entre Hermanos

Local Scientific Advisory Board

The Local Scientific Advisory Board is comprise of researchers, non-profit leadership, and community-partners based in the greater Seattle area. Similarly to the Global Scientific Advisory Board, the members of the Local SAB serve to monitor BIRCH developments in an effort maximize the impact of our work when implemented in real-world settings.

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Joseph Cerimele

Assistant Professor

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Rachel Chapman

Associate Professor

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Matt Golden

Associate Professor

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Mary Larimer


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Judith Tsui


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Lori Zoellner


Global Scientific Advisory Board

Extending beyond the borders of the Seattle area, members of the Global Scientific Board assist in checking the progress and practices developed by BIRCH faculty and staff. Additionally, their varied expertise in technology, services, and resources are drawn upon to assist in shaping our work to adhere to real-world functionality.

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Melanie Abas

Professor of Global Mental Health at King’s College London

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Rivet Amico

Associate Professor at the University of Michigan

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Pamela Collins

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Jessica Haberer

Director of Research at the MGH Center for Global Health

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Renee Heffron

Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Manasi Kumar

Senior Implementation Scientist at the Brain and Mind Institute

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Rena Patel

Assistant Professor

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Brian Pence

Associate Director and Affiliate Faculty at UNC

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Inge Petersen

Director of Rural Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

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Steven Shoptaw

Professor and clinical psychologist, UCLA and the University of Cape Town

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Roman Xu

Director of Institute of Global Health (SIGHT)