Sean B. Rourke, Ph.D. was appointed as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The Academy recognizes the full breadth of academic health science ranging from fundamental science to social science and population health. Fellows elected to the Academy have been well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. They have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science.

This award was in recognition of his work transforming how population health and community-based research is done to have a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Rourke worked closely with Dr. Igor Grant during the formative years of his career and was a graduate of the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego (SDSU/UCSD) Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology.

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Presentation: HAND is Common and Important in Patients on ART, Igor Grant, MD (PDF)

Drs. Igor Grant and Scott Letendre presented at the third North European Workshop on HIV–infection in the central nervous system (HANSA 2013) that took place in Berlin, Germany, 26-27 April 2013.  The aim of HANSA 2013 is to assemble clinicians and researchers together to advance knowledge of ongoing HIV central nervous system (CNS) research. The conference covered basic issues and controversies.


Several HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) investigators will present at the 32nd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology taking place in Nashville, Tennessee on November 7-12, 2012.

Please see below for presentation date, time, citation and abstract link when relevant.

Click Here to view posters to the left of citation (citations are listed in alphabetical order by title).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Invited Address. Steven P. Woods and Erica Weber, "Your name in lights: A trainee primer on publishing in clinical neuropsychology"

Thursday, November 8, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote Address. Igor Grant, "Medicine, Brain, and Behavior: Neuropsychology's New Frontier"


graduation2012On June 16, 2012, Susan Roepke-Buehler, a doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Grant, received her Ph.D. from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Susan worked with Dr. Grant on the Alzheimer Caregiver Study for the past 6 years examining the effects of chronic caregiving stress on psychological and physiological outcomes. During her time with the Caregiver Study, Susan authored/co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of reputable psychiatry, psychology, aging, and cardiology journals. Susan’s dissertation work focused on modeling the psychosocial and physiological pathways linking chronic stress to atherosclerotic disease in Alzheimer caregivers. Psychosomatic Medicine published one of her first-authored papers reporting that caregivers were more likely to have carotid plaque compared with noncaregivers. The results from this study also suggested that the development of plaque might be enhanced by prolonged sympathoadrenal response to acute stress. Susan completed her final year of her graduate training on internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the Departement of Psychiatry. She then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at UIC and is excited to continue her training in Health Psychology. Congratulations, Susan!