Gira J. Ravelo, PhD, MSW
Currently a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Research on US Latinos, HIV/AIDS, & Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), at Florida International University (FIU). My research agenda focuses on community-based participatory research (CBPR) and sociocultural influences of health disparities (namely substance abuse and HIV/AIDS) among vulnerable subgroups including, Latinxs, older Latinxs, Latinx immigrants, and migrant communities.
In my current position, I am currently the Project Director for the Homestead Stakeholders (Stakeholders) study. This investigation focuses on working with community leaders to assess the needs and resources of the Latina farm working community in South Miami-Dade. Additionally, I also direct the Comadres/Compadres pilot project that aims to link this same population to local agencies and resources in the areas of HIV prevention, substance abuse, violence, and immigrant legal aid using innovative mHealth techniques. I participate as a member in community/academic committees, I collaborate with multidisciplinary faculty and staff in planning, organizing, and conducting NIH funded community-based research, including the coordination of a PrEP summit entitled, Empowering Women to Take Control of their Sexual Health.
My research experience began in 2008 as a Research Associate. During my predoctoral studies I was a recipient of the C-SALUD Predoctoral Fellowship Award as well as the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F-31) from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD/NIH). As a doctoral student, I gained a great deal of experience in CBPR, recruitment/retention activities, electronic questionnaire development, data collection and data management, longitudinal research, developing research protocols, grant writing, publications, and presentation of study results.