Christina S. Meade

Christina S. Meade

Associate Professor in 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.

Copersino, ML, Meade, CS, Bigelow, GE, and Brooner, RK. "Measurement of self-reported HIV risk behaviors in injection drug users: Comparison of standard versus timeline follow-back administration procedures." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 38.1 (2010): 60-65. Full Text

Meade, CS, McDonald, LJ, Graff, FS, Fitzmaurice, GM, Griffin, ML, and Weiss, RD. "A prospective study examining the effects of gender and sexual/physical abuse on mood outcomes in patients with co-occurring bipolar I and substance use disorders." Bipolar Disord 11.4 (June 2009): 425-433. Full Text

Meade, CS, Hansen, NB, Kochman, A, and Sikkema, KJ. "Utilization of medical treatments and adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive adults with histories of childhood sexual abuse." AIDS Patient Care STDS 23.4 (April 2009): 259-266. Full Text

Sikkema, KJ, Hansen, NB, Meade, CS, Kochman, A, and Fox, AM. "Psychosocial predictors of sexual HIV transmission risk behavior among HIV-positive adults with a sexual abuse history in childhood." Arch Sex Behav 38.1 (February 2009): 121-134. Full Text

Jaffee, WB, Griffin, ML, Gallop, R, Meade, CS, Graff, F, Bender, RE, and Weiss, RD. "Depression precipitated by alcohol use in patients with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 70.2 (2009): 171-176. Full Text

Meade, CS, Kershaw, TS, and Ickovics, JR. "The Intergenerational Cycle of Teenage Motherhood: An Ecological Approach." Health Psychology 27.4 (2008): 419-429. Full Text

Meade, CS, Graff, FS, Griffin, ML, and Weiss, RD. "HIV risk behavior among patients with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders: Associations with mania and drug abuse." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 92.1-3 (2008): 296-300. Full Text

Meade, CS, and Sikkema, KJ. "Psychiatric and psychosocial correlates of sexual risk behavior among adults with severe mental illness." Community Ment Health J 43.2 (April 2007): 153-169. Full Text