Christina S. Meade
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Education & Training
Ph.D., Yale University 2006
Dr. Meade’s domestic research program focuses on predictors of HIV risk behavior in adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders, and the relationship between neuropsychiatric conditions and continued risk behavior in HIV-positive adults. She is particularly interested in how drug addiction and HIV infection impact executive functions, such as decision making, that lead individuals to engage in risky behaviors. Many of her current projects incorporate MRI to isolate the effects of addiction and HIV on both brain function and structure. Dr. Meade is also interested in the development of evidence-based treatments to improve cognitive functioning and reduce risk behaviors among drug users.
Given that most people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Meade’s international research program is based in South Africa. The Western Cape has experienced a dramatic increase in methamphetamine use since the early 2000s, and there is concern that it may further fuel the HIV epidemic in this country. Current projects focus on characterizing drug addiction and HIV risk behaviors in this understudied group, both in in community and treatment settings, and ultimately increasing uptake of HIV services to improve health outcomes and reduce the continued spread of HIV.
Watt, MH, Guidera, KE, Hobkirk, AL, Skinner, D, and Meade, CS. "Intimate partner violence among men and women who use methamphetamine: A mixed-methods study in South Africa." Drug and alcohol review 36.1 (January 2017): 97-106. Full Text
Hatch-Maillette, MA, Beadnell, B, Campbell, AN, Meade, CS, Tross, S, and Calsyn, DA. "Heterosexual Anal Sex Among Men and Women in Substance Abuse Treatment: Secondary Analysis of Two Gender-Specific HIV-Prevention Trials." Journal of sex research 54.1 (January 2017): 33-41. Full Text
Yechoor, N, Towe, SL, Robertson, KR, Westreich, D, Nakasujja, N, and Meade, CS. "Utility of a brief computerized battery to assess HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment in a resource-limited setting." Journal of neurovirology 22.6 (December 2016): 808-815. Full Text
Berg, MK, Hobkirk, AL, Joska, JA, and Meade, CS. "The Role of Substance Use Coping in the Relation Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Depression Among Methamphetamine Users in South Africa." Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy (October 6, 2016).
Meade, CS, Lion, RR, Cordero, DM, Watt, MH, Joska, JA, Gouse, H, and Burnhams, W. "HIV Risk Behavior Among Methamphetamine Users Entering Substance Abuse Treatment in Cape Town, South Africa." AIDS and behavior 20.10 (October 2016): 2387-2397. Full Text
Gouse, H, Joska, JA, Lion, RR, Watt, MH, Burnhams, W, Carrico, AW, and Meade, CS. "HIV testing and sero-prevalence among methamphetamine users seeking substance abuse treatment in Cape Town." Drug and alcohol review 35.5 (September 2016): 580-583. Full Text
Hobkirk, AL, Towe, SL, Patel, P, and Meade, CS. "Food Insecurity Is Associated with Cognitive Deficits Among HIV-Positive, But Not HIV-Negative, Individuals in a United States Sample." AIDS and behavior (August 4, 2016).
Meade, CS, Cordero, DM, Hobkirk, AL, Metra, BM, Chen, NK, and Huettel, SA. "Compensatory activation in fronto-parietal cortices among HIV-infected persons during a monetary decision-making task." Human brain mapping 37.7 (July 2016): 2455-2467. Full Text
Skalski, LM, Towe, SL, Sikkema, KJ, and Meade, CS. "The impact of marijuana use on memory in HIV-infected patients: a comprehensive review of the HIV and marijuana literatures." Current drug abuse reviews (May 2, 2016).
Watt, MH, Kimani, SM, Skinner, D, and Meade, CS. ""Nothing Is Free": A Qualitative Study of Sex Trading Among Methamphetamine Users in Cape Town, South Africa." Archives of sexual behavior 45.4 (May 2016): 923-933. Full Text
Miles, MS, Holditch-Davis, D, Pedersen, C, J Eron, J, Schwartz, T, Sikkema, KJ, Meade, CS, Doughty-Berry, JD, Zimmerman, SO, Kloos, B, and Snow, DL. "Emotional distress in african american women with hivCommunity-level hiv prevention for persons with severe mental illness living in supportive housing programs: A pilot intervention study (PublishedPublished)." HIV: Issues with Mental Health and Illness. January 1, 2014. 35-50. Full Text
Sikkema, KJ, Meade, CS, Doughty-Berry, JD, Zimmerman, SO, Kloos, B, and Snow, DL. "Community-level HIV prevention for persons with severe mental illness living in supportive housing programs: a pilot intervention study." 2007. 121-135. Full Text
A Systems Biology Approach to HIV-associated Neurocognitive Impairment: Role of Drug Abuse and Neuroinflammation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2010 to 2020
Decision Making and HIV Risk: New Approaches to neuroAIDS Research in Drug Users awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020
Cognitive Training to Reduce Impulsivity in HIV-infected Cocaine Users awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018
NeuroAIDS research with disadvantaged drug users awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017
A Compute Cluster for Brain Imaging and Analysis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Minor User). 2016 to 2017
Effects of Cocaine and HIV Decision Making Involving Potential Loss awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016
Neural Substrates Associated with Executive Functioning in Marijuana and HIV awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Neurocognitive Impact of Marijuana Use in Patients with HIV/AIDS awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015
Neurobehavioral and fMRI Research in HIV Infection and Cocaine Dependence awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015