The Trans*National Cohort Study is a National Institutes of Health-funded study of HIV incidence and risk and protective factors among people identifying along the trans-feminine spectrum. We're currently working in the United States, Brazil, China, and Namibia.
San Francisco Team
Dr. Wilson is a Principal Investigator of the Trans*National Cohort Study. She is a senior research scientist in the Center for Public Health Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Wilson’s specific areas of expertise include LGBT health and HIV risk among marginalized adolescents and young adults, developed over more than a decade of work. Dr. Wilson is one of a small number of HIV researchers who has experience with the transgender community domestically and internationally. She has been responsible for developing, obtaining funding for, and conducting the SHINE Study, the first large study of transgender female youth in the U.S., and the first HIV risk study of transwomen in Nepal. Dr. Wilson also has methodological expertise in qualitative and evaluation research, and in mixed methods study designs. She hopes to use all these skills to create data that supports evidence-based approaches to prevention for transgender women and other populations at risk for HIV. Her favorite food is the strawberry.
Dr. McFarland is a Principal Investigator of the Trans*National Cohort Study. He is the Director of the Center for Public Health Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He is also a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, affiliated with the Prevention and Public Health Group in the Global Health Sciences Department and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS). Dr. McFarland has conducted research on the epidemiology and prevention of HIV in California, the US, and internationally. His primary emphasis is on surveillance in key populations and the use of data for public health decision-making. He's eager to help achieve the goal of recruiting the most representative and inclusive sample of transwomen to date, the most accurate measure of HIV incidence among transwomen, and the most useful data for developing effective tools for HIV prevention. His favorite thing is sea salt.
Dr. Raymond is a Co-Investigator of the Trans*National Cohort Study. He is an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology Department at the School of Public Health, Rutgers University. He is also a Faculty Affiliate at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Raymond has conducted research on the epidemiology and prevention of HIV in California, the US, and internationally. His primary emphasis is on surveillance in key populations and the use of data for public health decision-making. He's eager to help achieve the goal of recruiting the most representative and inclusive sample of transwomen to date, the most accurate measure of HIV incidence among transwomen, and the most useful data for developing effective tools for HIV prevention. His favorite food is chicken katsu.
Jess is a Research Unit Coordinator at the Center for Public Health Research and the Project Director of the Trans*National Cohort Study. She has worked as an investigator regarding the health needs and population size estimations of homeless youth in the United States and Kenya; as an evaluator of sexuality education curricula for adolescents in California and structural interventions for gay, bi, and trans men in San Francisco; and as an outreach worker with youth experiencing homelessness and people who inject drugs. She's honored to be partnering with communities and research teams from around the globe to improve knowledge about best practices for health promotion and community engagement within trans-feminine communities. She likes avocados and Flaming Hot Cheetos.
Corey is a Research Assistant with the Trans*National Cohort Study. He also works as an outreach recruiter administering street-based surveys to gay, bi, and trans individuals in San Francisco and as an overdose prevention trainer with Syringe Exchange Services. Since finishing graduate school he has been conducting qualitative interviews with transitional age youth (TAY), examining the impact of permanent supportive housing as a structural intervention to improve health outcomes. He believes that love and acceptance are the true guiding forces of life. His favorite hoodie and the best flannel shirt ever cost him $1. His favorite food is...actually, he will eat anything.
Sofia Lynn is a research associate with the Trans*National Cohort Study. She is a California native who made her home in the Bay Area after graduating from UC Berkeley. She has worked since her college days advocating on behalf of trans people and providing trans communities with support and information. She has been affiliated with UCSF, Samuel Merritt University, and SFSU before making her way to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She loves cycling, singing, learning, and pizza!
Sofia is a Research Associate with the Trans*National Study. They grew up in the SF Bay Area, and they are a MPH candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, specializing in Health and Social Behavior. Sofia has conducted qualitative research through the McNair research program during their time at UC San Diego, and was a Group Facilitator for the Trans* Collective on campus. During their free time, Sofia loves to draw, write in their journal, or play any outdoor sport. Sofia's favorite food is the California burrito.
Caitlin is a Data Manager for the Trans*National Cohort Study. As an epidemiologist with San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), she has conducted analysis and modeling projects of psychological and social factors and sexual risk behavior among transwomen and trans*female youth in San Francisco. Previously, she participated as an honorary scholar with the Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program (SHARP) at SFDPH. She received her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from UC Berkeley. As an aspiring social epidemiologist, her research interests include social determinants of health and the translation of findings to policy action, particularly for gender minority groups. Caitlin loves running, rock climbing, being outdoors, and cuddling with her cat. Her favorite foods are vegetarian pizza and burritos.
Vi is a proud self-identified Transgender Woman of color who recently graduated with a BA in Psychology from SFSU. She currently works with the San Francisco Department of Public Health -with the Trans*National Cohort, and the SHINE Study- as a research assistant. In her spare time... she's annoying, loving, smelly, generous, peppy, silly, fun, and awk-weird... oh... she also loves to sing *LaLAAAA* and live in the moment. <3
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
Karen is a Research Assistant with the Trans*National Cohort Study, a peer patient navigator at the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Transgender Health Services, and a full-time student at City College San Francisco pursuing a degree in Public Health. Karen was part of the first Trans Health Study conducted in San Francisco, and has been a community health worker and leader in San Francisco for many years. In her spare time, Karen moonlights as hair stylist and watches all the movies. She loves to cook pozole, but her specialty is chilaquiles.