Substance Use Scientific Working Group


About the Scientific Working Group


Substance use is a well-established risk factor for HIV transmission. Furthermore, for people living with HIV, substance use and addiction can hasten HIV progression and its consequences. Despite its significant impact on HIV, the intersection of substance use and HIV prevention and treatment has been an underdeveloped research area.

We established the SU-SWG to fill this gap in research. The SU-SWG consists of Texas D-CFAR and affiliate members, including basic science, clinical, public health and health services researchers, with the expertise needed to address a wide range of areas relevant to research in the overlapping epidemics of substance use and HIV.

Substance Use Scientific Working Group  Services

  • Information about ongoing research and external funding research opportunities on the intersection of substance use and HIV
  • Pilot grant funding opportunities through the Developmental Core
  • Monthly meetings to identify areas of research for the intersection between HIV and substance use
  • Invited speakers with expertise in HIV and substance use
  • Annual Texas D-CFAR Conference sessions dedicated to HIV and substance use

Working Group Leadership


View the TX-CFAR Investigator Profiles for information on each leadership member. 


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Co-Director: Joy Schmitz, Ph.D.

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Professor at McGovern Medical School, UTHealth



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Co-Director: Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, FAAN

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 Associate Professor at Cizik School of Nursing, UTHealth