About Us

The University of South Florida (USF) Center for HIV Education and Research is located within USF’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in the College of the Behavioral and Community Sciences. The Center serves healthcare professionals throughout Florida by providing education and information on the treatment, management, and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

Michael D. Knox, PhD founded the Center in 1988. The Center has a faculty of internationally known experts in the clinical management of pediatric and adult HIV/AIDS. Jeffrey Beal, MD, AAHIVS, serves as Principal Investigator/Clinical Director and Kimberly Molnar, MAcc, serves as Director.

Julianne Serovich, PhD

Julianne Serovich is the Director for the USF Center for HIV Education and Research. She is also the Dean for USF’s College of Behavioral Community Sciences. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University.  Her Doctoral degree in Child and Family Development is from the University of Georgia. In addition to serving as Principal Investigator for the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center grant, she has been the principal investigator of seven other federally funded research grants, including the current project titled: Intervention to Assist MSM Disclose HIV Status to Casual Sex Partners. Dr. Serovich has been studying HIV disclosure and issues related to the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons for over 20 years. This work has resulted in over 60 book chapters and peer reviewed publications.

The Center currently operates the following programs:
Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (F/C AETC)
Florida/Caribbean Telehealth Education Training Center (F/C TETC)
HIV in Primary Care Learning Community
Perinatal HIV Prevention Program
Prevention Programs

For more information regarding each of the Center’s programs listed above, please visit our Programs page.

The Center also houses the following programs:

Project Latino STYLE
A research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and implemented by Principal Investigator, Celia Lescano, PhD, through the University of South Florida and College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. The study will evaluate a health promotion program for Latino adolescents and their families, as well as determine the level of knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and misconceptions that may put adolescents at risk. In addition, the study aims to learn more about how teens and parents communicate and what parents do to monitor their children to keep them healthy.

S.H.A.R.E. Haiti – Syndemic HIV/AIDS Research and Education for Haiti
A training program funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development where the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences will collaborate with the State University of Haiti to strengthen the research infrastructure in Haiti and will be implemented by Principal Investigators, Celia Lescano, PhD, and Guitele Rahill, PhD, LCSW. The goal is to develop infrastructure at the State University of Haiti (UEH) and strengthen capacity of UEH faculty to conduct research that informs scientifically sound and culturally-relevant HIV prevention, care and treatment to Haitian youth in their local communities. SHARE Haiti will avail resources needed to mitigate the consequences of HIV/AIDS among youth in Haiti, increase the number of highly qualified HIV scholars there, and create sustainable partnerships for submission of proposals to NIH that ultimately improve the health of Haitians.

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