overview & mission
CHEST’s mission is to conduct research to identify and promote strategies that prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of people living with HIV. We have been advocating for and working with the LGBT community since 1996.The Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) was founded in 1996 by Dr. Jeffrey T. Parsons. CHEST conducts research on social and psychological factors associated with HIV transmission and/or the wellbeing of those living with HIV, with a particular emphasis on the promotion of sexual health.
CHEST is part of Hunter College of the City University of New York, where Dr. Parsons is a Distinguished Professor in the Psychology Department. CHEST has strong affiliations throughout the CUNY system, with Faculty Affiliates including: Dr. Christian Grov (Brooklyn College), Dr. Sarit Golub (Hunter College), Dr. John Pachankis (Yeshiva University), Dr. David Bimbi (Laguardia Community College), Dr. Nancy Foldi (Queens College), Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital (Elon College), and Dr. David Marcotte (Fordham University). In addition, CHEST has strong collaborative partnerships with investigators at Purdue University, Northwestern University, and Wayne State University.
As an academic research center, CHEST supports post-doctoral fellows, doctoral candidates, masters’ students, and undergraduate interns. The majority of our doctoral students attend the CUNY Graduate Center‘s Health Psychology or Basic and Applied Social Psychology doctoral programs (working with Dr. Parsons), or the doctoral program in Public Health (working with Drs. Parsons and Grov).
In addition to carrying out formative research, CHEST works hard to disseminate study findings to community organizations serving persons with HIV and at risk for HIV.