Introducing the 2024 ATN Scholar Recipients

The ATN Scholars Program aims to provide scholars from under-represented groups within HIV research with the knowledge, skills, and connections to advance their careers as independent investigators in the adolescent HIV prevention research field.

Applications were reviewed by the ATN Scholars Committee comprised of ATN investigators and leadership using NIH scoring criteria.

Meet our two 2024 ATN Scholar Recipients:

Dr. Brittany Lane | ATN 168: HIV and Pregnancy Prevention for Youth (HAPPY)

Brittany Lane

Brittany Lane, PhD, MPH (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity at Florida State University. She is committed to reducing health disparities among young people of color. Dr. Lane’s research interests include HIV prevention among adolescents and young people assigned female at birth, relationship dynamics and sexual health, and designing and implementing behavioral and multi-level interventions to engage people living with HIV (PLWHIV) in care. She is skilled in community-engaged research and has successfully led projects studying the barriers to Hepatitis C care engagement, the development of heroin use among youth experiencing homelessness, and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among an American Indian Tribe in Arizona. Dr. Lane’s experience extends internationally, where she has worked on various HIV-related projects in Nigeria, The Gambia, and Botswana. Dr. Lane’s research interests include HIV prevention among adolescents and young people assigned female at birth, relationship dynamics and sexual health, and designing and implementing behavioral and multi-level interventions to engage people living with HIV (PLWHIV) in care. She is skilled in community-engaged research and has successfully led projects studying the barriers to Hepatitis C care engagement, the development of heroin use among youth experiencing homelessness, and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among an American Indian Tribe in Arizona. Dr. Lane’s experience extends internationally, where she has worked on various HIV-related projects in Nigeria, The Gambia, and Botswana.

Dr. Lane’s ATN Scholars project will build on the work of ATN 168: HIV And Pregnancy Prevention for Youth (HAPPY) by examining the differences and similarities in the preferences for and valued attributes of an injectable multipurpose prevention technology for HIV and pregnancy prevention among racially and ethnically diverse adolescents and young adults assigned female at birth to inform the development of culturally appropriate interventions for initiation and uptake in the United States.

Her mentor is Dr. Kate Muessing (she/her), professor at Florida State University and co-lead of the ATN Statistical and Data Management Core.

Tamar Goldenberg | ATN 157: We Prevent

Tamar Goldenberg, PhD MPH, (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the role of stigma and resilience on the health of LGBTQ+ populations (especially transgender and other gender-diverse people) both in the United States and internationally.

As an ATN Scholar, Dr. Goldenberg will combine publicly available policy data with data from ATN 157: We Prevent to identify and  map both protective and harmful LGBTQ+ state-level policies and examine the associations between state-level policies and HIV, mental health, and substance use outcomes among young sexual and gender minority men across the United States.

Dr. Goldenberg’s mentor is Dr. Kristi Gamarel (she/her), associate professor at the University of Michigan, Protocol Co-Chair of ATN 167: Legal, Economic, and Affirming Peer Support for Trans Youth (LEAP), and co-lead of the Communications-Dissemination Hub.