COPA Member Biographies

Matthew Skinta, PhD, ABPP, Chair

Matthew Skinta, PhD, ABPPMatthew Skinta, PhD, ABPP, is core clinical faculty at Palo Alto University and director of the PAU Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic. He is a board-certified clinical health psychologist who also maintains a private practice in San Francisco's historic Castro neighborhood. He received his PhD, with a focus in health psychology, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV behavioral medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Skinta continued his focus on HIV through directing and managing the research program from 2008-13 at the Alliance Health Project (formerly AIDS Health Project) of the University of California, San Francisco. Currently he provides direct clinical services alongside consultation and training for area providers, and has published in the area of shame, stigma and HIV, as well as cultural competency concerns when working with sexual minorities. He has provided graduate level and postgraduate training in working with sexual minorities, shame and evidence-based treatment. Skinta is primarily interested in the corresponding functions of shame and self-compassion in the lives of persons affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as the importance of developing effective trainings that adequately prepare psychologists to speak openly regarding sex and sexuality. He has been a member of APA since 2001 and is a member of Divisions 38 (Health Psychology) and 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). Skinta has also been a HOPE trainer through the APA Office of AIDS - HIV Office for Psychology Education since 2010, and is serving as a mentor in the 2013-14 American Psychological Association of Graduate Students) LGBT mentoring program.  

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Maggie Chartier, PsyD, MPH

Maggie Chartier, PsyD, MPHMaggie Chartier, PsyD, MPH, is the national public health clinical psychologist for the HIV, hepatitis and Public Health Pathogens Program in Clinical Public Health/Office of Public Health, Department of Veterans Affairs. She is also a staff psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in the HIV and Liver Clinics. She completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle and her PsyD from the PGSP-Stanford Consortium in Palo Alto, California. She completed her clinical internship at the University of California, San Francisco and her postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/HCV Psychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. 

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Martin Y. Iguchi, PhD

Martin Y. Iguchi, PhDMartin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D., is a professor at Georgetown University. His research is in the area of behavioral psychology, and he provided service as dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Immediately before joining Georgetown, Dr. Iguchi served as chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is also an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he formerly served as the director of the Drug Policy Research Center.

Dr. Iguchi has a long record of NIH and foundation funded research and scholarship aimed at improving the public’s health. He has conducted extensive research on the intersections of drug addiction, drug policy, the criminal justice system, health disparities, and HIV transmission. He is widely published and holds editorial roles with a number of scholarly journals, including senior editor for Addiction and member of the editorial boards for Drug and Alcohol Dependence and the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. The recipient of a master’s degree and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Boston University, Iguchi is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), a former elected member of its Board of Professional Affairs, and an elected member of APAs Board of Scientific Affairs, as well as APAs Health Disparities Steering Committee.

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Christina S. Meade, PhD

Christina S. Meade, PhDChristina S. Meade, PhD, is assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical School and a member of the Duke Global Health Institute, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Duke Center for AIDS Research. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University in 2006 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in drug abuse and brain imaging at Harvard Medical School in 2008. A licensed clinical psychologist, Meade has extensive patient-oriented behavioral science research experience related to HIV/AIDS, drug addiction and mental illness, with over 30 peer-reviewed publications in this area. She has conducted a series of studies examining predictors of HIV risk behavior in adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders, and the relationship between mental health and continued risk behavior in HIV-positive adults. She is also interested in the development of evidence-based treatments, including the integration of biomedical and behavioral therapies, for reducing risk behavior among drug users. For example, she recently completed the first randomized trial in the United States of electroacupuncture for adjunctive treatment for opioid dependence. Meade currently has a faculty development grant from the Duke Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI064518) and she is principal investigator on a pilot study funded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research (106884-42-RFBR) that examines the relationship between impulsivity and risk behavior in HIV-positive drug abusers, utilizing both behavioral, cognitive and neuroimaging assessments. A 5-year career development award (K23 DA028660) on neurobehavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging research in HIV infection and cocaine dependence is pending funding. Given that most people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS living in the developing world, she hopes to expand her neuroAIDS research to international settings, particularly Africa, and has initiated collaborations with the neurology subcommittee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group.

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Velma McBride Murry, PhD

Velma McBride Murry, PhDVelma McBride Murry, PhD, is the Betts Chair in Education and Human Development, professor of human and organizational development, and director, Center for Research on Rural Families and Communities, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. Murry has conducted research on rural African-American parents and youth for over 15 years and has identified proximal, malleable protective factors that deter youth risk engagement. Findings from these empirical studies informed the development of a curriculum, the Strong African American Families Program, which was designed to enhance parenting and family processes to encourage youth to delay the age of sexual onset and the initiation and escalation of alcohol and other drug use. Results from her longitudinal trials with African-American families also informed the design, development and implementation of the Pathways for African American Success Program, the first family-based, technology interactive program targeting youth risk reduction by enhancing caregivers' regulated-communicative parenting and youths' racial identity, self-esteem, youth decision making processes and risk resistant efficacy. Murry brings a perspective on adversity that includes race, ethnicity and poverty; a strong background in the role that parenting plays in addressing the needs of youth; and extensive experience in designing and implementing randomized control trials. She is also co-director of the Community Engagement and Research Core at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Murry has served as commissioner of the State of Georgia Children's Trust Fund and as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Board on Children, Youth, and Families and Standing Committee on Family Planning; Board of Directors of the Family Process Institute; and co-directed the African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium, in which over 100 early career African-American scholars were mentored to increase the numbers of competitive grant applications African-American research scientists submit to the National Institute of Mental Health, advance the overall participation level of African-American mental health researchers in NIMH initiatives and programs, and foster the development of high-quality individual and collaborative mental health research on racial/ethnic minority populations. She edits articles, serves on the publication committee and editorial boards of several journals, and has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles.

Velma McBride Murry, COPA chair-elect, received an award from the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust for inspiring former students to make a difference in the community.

On March 2, 2014, Velma McBride Murry, PhD received an APA Presidential Citation for distinguished research contributions; inspirational teaching and mentoring; and dedicated leadership as an advocate for children, youth and HIV-affected groups.

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Fayth M. Parks, PhD

Fayth M. Parks, PhDFayth M. Parks, PhD, is an associate professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development at Georgia Southern University. She completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 20 years clinical experience, which includes mental health service delivery to rural and urban communities, director of outpatient services for substance abuse treatment, and public health HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and outreach. Since 1995, Dr. Parks has worked professionally or as a volunteer on issues related to HIV/AIDS. In 2010, she served on the advisory board for the Community Health Access Network for Grassroots Education and Screening (CHANGES) program for health disparities outreach targeting rural southeast Georgia. Dr. Parks has been a HOPE Trainer through the APA Office of AIDS-HIV Office for Psychology Education since 2010, and she was inspired by the HOPE program to found the Rural HIV Research and Training Conference held annually in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Parks studies culturally-based healing beliefs and practices as complementary therapies to summon personal strengths. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and essays and given numerous lectures and presentations on this topic. In 2005, she served on the APA Task Force for Multicultural Training, which was charged to advise the organization’s response to mental health needs of Hurricane Katrina survivors. Dr. Parks has been a member of APA since 1998 and is a member of Divs 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race). Dr. Parks is also a member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP). In 2009, she was honored to be appointed a David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

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