Dr. Otto-Salaj joined the CABHR Administrative Leadership Team in 2003. She has been the principal investigator of several National Institutes of Health-funded studies on HIV behavioral risk, including the ARRIVE Project, which examined HIV risk reduction intervention for adults with serious persistent mental illness and coexisting substance use issues. She is currently the principal investigator for the HEART to HEART study, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which is studying the efficacy of an HIV-risk reduction intervention accompanied by alcohol treatment. HEART to HEART is being conducted in collaboration with the Milwaukee Women’s Center.
Dr. Otto-Salaj received her doctorate in social psychology from Temple University. Before joining CABHR, she conducted HIV behavioral research at the Medical College of Wisconsin for eight years. Her current research interests include the intersection of alcohol and other substance use with HIV sexual risk behaviors, especially for at-risk women.
Dr. Otto-Salaj is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism, the American Psychological Association Divisions 35 (Psychology of Women) and 38 (Health Psychology), and the Society for Social Work Research. She has reviewed numerous federal grants for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National s of Health.
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