2017 - Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Connecticut
Mentor: Dr. Michael Copenhaver
2017Ph.D., Public Health
University of Connecticut
2013Master of Public Health
University of Connecticut
2011B.S., (summa cum laude) with Highest Distinction
Wiley College
Research Interests


Substance Abuse

Neurocognitive Impairment

mHealth or Digital Health

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Roman Shrestha is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Connecticut. He holds a Master in Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Public Health from the University of Connecticut Health Center. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of HIV prevention, with particular focus on combination approach to HIV prevention (i.e., integration of biomedical and behavioral interventions), neurocognitive impairment, and substance abuse.

His research primarily involves the development and testing of innovative HIV prevention approaches, particularly among high risk populations. Roman has been undertaking and leading a bio-behavioral project that involves integrating an evidence-based biomedical approach (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; PrEP) with a brief evidence-based behavioral approach (Community-friendly Health Recovery Program; CHRP) that incorporates innovative tools (e.g., mHealth technology, cognitive remediation strategies) specifically designed to accommodate the disruptive impact that neurocognitive impairment may have on PrEP adherence and HIV risk reduction behaviors.

He has been involved in a number of NIDA- and CDC-funded research projects that deal with HIV risk reduction among priority populations within community-based, clinical, and criminal justice settings. Reflecting his research leadership and broad interests, Roman has published widely across a range of topics and in esteemed peer-reviewed journals.

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