Positions

Health Communications Investigator
Health Decision Making and Communication Program
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuEST), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovations
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Houston, TX
November 2008 to present
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Sections of Infectious Diseases & Health Services Research
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
November 2008 to present
Clinical Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
July 2007 to June 2008

Education

Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School
Infectious Diseases
Residency at Georgetown University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Internship at Georgetown University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
MD from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
MPH from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
BS from University of Maryland

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Junior Investigator in HIV Research
Selected to represent Baylor College of Medicine
Miami, FL, November 7, 2013
Outstanding Teaching Award
Department of Family & Community Medicine
Houston, TX, 2013
Outstanding Junior Investigator in HIV Research
Selected to represent Baylor College of Medicine
San Francisco, CA, November 8, 2012
"String of Pearls" Teaching Award
Department of Internal Medicine
Washington, DC, 2002

Professional Interests

  • Racial and ethnic disparities in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States
  • Patient and health care provider barriers to HIV testing
  • Mobile health (mHealth)
  • Social marketing
  • Health campaigns

Professional Statement

Dr. Arya is a health communications investigator focused on the racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. HIV epidemic. Her research focus is on how traditional media and new media campaigns can be used to improve HIV testing in healthcare settings. Dr. Arya’s research team uses quantitative and qualitative methods and focuses on both the patient and physician perspective on HIV testing in order to design effective HIV testing campaigns. Additionally, as a true advocate for routine HIV testing, Dr. Arya serves as the Lead Physician for HIV Testing in the Harris Health System in Houston, TX. In this role, she advises primary care physicians on the guidelines and processes for HIV testing. Finally, to help guide HIV testing and prevention programs for the nation's 4th largest city, Dr. Arya serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention.

Selected Publications

Funding

Designing a HIV Testing Campaign for Health Centers Serving African-Americans
- #1K23MH094235-01A1 (active)
Grant funding from NIH/NIMH
This research will help understand the ongoing barriers to HIV testing faced by both patients and physicians in health care settings serving predominantly African-American communities. The research will guide development and patient intent to accept HIV testing in community health centers serving predominantly African-American communities.
Messages for a Mobile Health HIV Testing Campaign
- #P30 AI36211 (active)
Grant funding from Baylor-UT Houston Center for AIDS Research
Leveraging Dr. Arya's Preliminary Studies and her acquired skills from attending the 2013 NIH mHealth Training Institute, this research will allow creation of text messages to prompt patients to discuss HIV testing with their physicians.