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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Columbia Doctoral Student Honored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus

Mailman School of Public Health doctoral student Ms. Amaya Perez-Brumer is the winner of the 2016 Walter J. Lear Student Award for outstanding student research. Established in 2003 in recognition of Dr. Lear’s dedication to LGBT public health, the award recognizes exceptional scientific work by students on LGBT-related issues. Ms. Perez-Brumer was presented the award at the annual dinner of the LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals, an organization committed to furthering LGBT issues within the American Public Health Association.

[Photo: Ms. Amaya Perez-Brumer]

Ms. Perez-Brumer is a doctoral candidate in sociomedical sciences in medical sociology at the Mailman School of Public Health (expected graduation May 2018). Her research integrates quantitative and qualitative research methods with new conceptual frameworks to improve HIV prevention and care for people of diverse genders and sexualities in the U.S. and Peru. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and is a fellow in SMS’s NICHD pre-doctoral training program in Gender, Sexuality, and Health. Ms. Perez-Brumer presented her award-winning abstract as an oral presentation titledWe don’t treat your kind”: Social determinants of HIV prevention and care in the context of competing health needs among transgender people in Jackson, Mississippi” during a LGBT Caucus scientific session at the APHA annual meeting. The Walter J. Lear, MD, Outstanding Student Research Award is supported by a donation from Pfizer. Further information can be found here.