Walter Gomez, MA, MSW
Predoctoral Fellow: Walter is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Welfare. He is originally from Puerto Rico, but has spent the last 15 years in San Francisco, where he earned a Master’s degree in Medical Sociology. He has almost two decades of experience in behavioral research focusing on sexual minority men, HIV, and substance use. His mixed methods dissertation will explore the relationship between sexual compulsivity and the methamphetamine-using behaviors of HIV+ sexual minority men. He plans on employing Syndemics, Intersectionality, and Revised Stress and Coping theories and frameworks to support his work. By centering the embodied, sensual, and sexual experiences of these men in their social, historical, and structural contexts, he hopes to contribute to intervention research aimed at curbing the methamphetamine epidemic among this population.
His mentor is Amy Mericle
Predoctoral Fellow: Aryn’s research focuses on the role of environmental availability in driving the health behaviors most associated with the exacerbation of chronic conditions. Her dissertation uses distinct natural experiments or other unique combinations of longitudinal observational data to analyze how the availability of unhealthy foods, alcohol, and tobacco impacts their purchase, consumption, and related health outcomes, with the overall goal of informing governmental and corporate policies around the prevention of chronic conditions.
Her mentor is William Kerr.
Cat Munroe, PhD, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow: Cat‘s research focuses on the intersection between alcohol use and interpersonal trauma among sexual and gender minorities, especially bisexual women.