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MONISHA ARYA

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
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    1993Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    1994Magna Cum Laude, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    1994Phi Beta Kappa, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    2002"String of Pearls" Teaching Award, Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington, D.C.
    2013Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    2013NIH Center for AIDS Research Peer Mentoring Program. Invited to represent Baylor College of Medicine, at the 2013 Center for AIDS Research Annual Conference and Scientific Symposiu, Miami, FL

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    Dr. Arya is an infectious diseases specialist and a health communications investigator focused on the racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. HIV epidemic. Dr. Arya grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and completed her medical and public health training at George Washington University and Georgetown University medical centers. She completed her HIV and infectious diseases training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

    Dr. Arya is a leading advocate for increasing HIV Testing in the communities hardest hit by the HIV epidemic in the U.S. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that nearly all adolescents and adults be tested for HIV. HIV testing saves lives by identifying persons in need of life-saving HIV treatment. Furthermore, when persons find out they are HIV-infected, they change their risk behaviors to limit the spread of HIV to others in their community.

    Dr. Arya’s research focus is on how the media may be used to improve HIV testing in the primary care setting. Her research team studies barriers and facilitators to HIV testing—from both the patient and physician perspective. Her goal is to develop media campaigns to increase HIV test offering by physicians and HIV test acceptance by patients. Her current NIH-funded research program is being conducted in Houston, TX in the Harris Health System, the nation’s fifth largest publically funded health system.

    Dr. Arya has presented to physicians and public health practitioners locally, regionally, and nationally on the topic of HIV testing in the primary care setting. She serves as the Lead Physician for HIV Testing in the Harris Health System and she serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention. She is passionate about the benefits of HIV testing for patients and public health. Her efforts to educate others have been recognized by her receipt of teaching awards from Georgetown University Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine.

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    HIV prevention, media campaign


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    1. Baumann KE, Phillips AL, Arya M. Overlap of HIV and low health literacy in the southern USA. Lancet HIV. 2015 Jul; 2(7):e269-70. PMID: 26423251.
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    2. Arya M, Patel S, Kumar D, Zheng MY, Kallen MA, Street RL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. Why Physicians Don't Ask: Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Barriers to HIV Testing-Making a Case for a Patient-Initiated Campaign. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2016 Jul; 15(4):306-12. PMID: 25421929; PMCID: PMC4441866 [Available on 07/01/17].
    3. Arya M, Kumar D, Patel S, Street RL, Giordano TP, Viswanath K. Mitigating HIV health disparities: the promise of mobile health for a patient-initiated solution. Am J Public Health. 2014 Dec; 104(12):2251-5. PMID: 25322292; PMCID: PMC4232104.
    4. Phillips AL, Kumar D, Patel S, Arya M. Using text messages to improve patient-doctor communication among racial and ethnic minority adults: an innovative solution to increase influenza vaccinations. Prev Med. 2014 Dec; 69:117-9. PMID: 25241643; PMCID: PMC4312236.
    5. Arya M, Zheng MY, Amspoker AB, Kallen MA, Street RL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. In the routine HIV testing era, primary care physicians in community health centers remain unaware of HIV testing recommendations. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2014 Jul-Aug; 13(4):296-9. PMID: 24476961; PMCID: PMC4115052.
    6. Arya M, Kallen MA, Street RL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. African-American patients' preferences for a health center campaign promoting HIV testing: an exploratory study and future directions. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2014 Nov-Dec; 13(6):488-91. PMID: 24739209; PMCID: PMC4199917.
    7. Zheng MY, Suneja A, Chou AL, Arya M. Physician barriers to successful implementation of US Preventive Services Task Force routine HIV testing recommendations. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2014 May-Jun; 13(3):200-5. PMID: 24442739; PMCID: PMC4016109.
    8. Giordano TP, Hallmark CJ, Davila JA, Arya M, Chen GJ, Shaw C, Williams-Ellis L, Darko T, McNeese-Ward M. Assessing HIV testing and linkage to care activities and providing academic support to public health authorities in Houston, TX. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Nov 1; 64 Suppl 1:S7-13. PMID: 24126451; PMCID: PMC3840714.
    9. Jung M, Arya M, Viswanath K. Effect of media use on HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and condom use in sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(7):e68359. PMID: 23874598; PMCID: PMC3709989.
    10. Arya M, Bush AL, Kallen MA, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Giordano TP. Are VA primary care providers aware of HIV testing recommendations for Veterans? Findings at an urban VA primary care clinic. Mil Med. 2013 Apr; 178(4):e483-8. PMID: 23707836; PMCID: PMC3967552.
    11. Arya M, Amspoker AB, Lalani N, Patuwo B, Kallen M, Street R, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. HIV testing beliefs in a predominantly Hispanic community health center during the routine HIV testing era: does English language ability matter? AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2013 Jan; 27(1):38-44. PMID: 23305261; PMCID: PMC3545313.
    12. Giordano TP, Rodriguez S, Zhang H, Kallen MA, Jibaja-Weiss M, Buscher AL, Arya M, Suarez-Almazor ME, Ross M. Effect of a clinic-wide social marketing campaign to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jan; 17(1):104-12. PMID: 22983536; PMCID: PMC3549045.
    13. Mugavero MJ, Westfall AO, Zinski A, Davila J, Drainoni ML, Gardner LI, Keruly JC, Malitz F, Marks G, Metsch L, Wilson TE, Giordano TP. Measuring retention in HIV care: the elusive gold standard. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Dec 15; 61(5):574-80. PMID: 23011397; PMCID: PMC3508092.
    14. Phillips G, Hightow-Weidman LB, Arya M, Fields SD, Halpern-Felsher B, Outlaw AY, Wohl AR, Hidalgo J. HIV testing behaviors of a cohort of HIV-positive racial/ethnic minority YMSM. AIDS Behav. 2012 Oct; 16(7):1917-25. PMID: 22555382.
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    15. Ackerson LK, Ramanadhan S, Arya M, Viswanath K. Social disparities, communication inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes in India. AIDS Behav. 2012 Oct; 16(7):2072-81. PMID: 21870161.
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    16. Gardner LI, Marks G, Craw JA, Wilson TE, Drainoni ML, Moore RD, Mugavero MJ, Rodriguez AE, Bradley-Springer LA, Holman S, Keruly JC, Sullivan M, Skolnik PR, Malitz F, Metsch LR, Raper JL, Giordano TP. A low-effort, clinic-wide intervention improves attendance for HIV primary care. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Oct; 55(8):1124-34. PMID: 22828593; PMCID: PMC3657526.
    17. Arya M, Patuwo B, Lalani N, Bush AL, Kallen MA, Street RL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. Are primary care providers offering HIV testing to patients in a predominantly Hispanic community health center? An exploratory study. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2012 May; 26(5):256-8. PMID: 22372868; PMCID: PMC3335132.
    18. Arya M, Kallen MA, Williams LT, Street RL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. Beliefs about who should be tested for HIV among African American individuals attending a family practice clinic. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2012 Jan; 26(1):1-4. PMID: 22053770; PMCID: PMC3242620.
    19. Burns AC, Petersen NJ, Garza A, Arya M, Patterson JE, Naik AD, Trautner BW. Accuracy of a urinary catheter surveillance protocol. Am J Infect Control. 2012 Feb; 40(1):55-8. PMID: 21813209.
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    20. Arya M, Williams LT, Stone VE, Behforouz HL, Viswanath K, Giordano TP. A key strategy for reducing HIV in African American communities: promoting HIV testing. J Natl Med Assoc. 2010 Dec; 102(12):1264-6. PMID: 21287912; PMCID: PMC3658104.
    21. Arya M. Using the media to increase HIV knowledge and promote HIV testing. Am J Med Sci. 2010 Oct; 340(4):343-4. PMID: 20881760.
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    22. Magnus M, Jones K, Phillips G, Binson D, Hightow-Weidman LB, Richards-Clarke C, Wohl AR, Outlaw A, Giordano TP, Quamina A, Cobbs W, Fields SD, Tinsley M, Cajina A, Hidalgo J. Characteristics associated with retention among African American and Latino adolescent HIV-positive men: results from the outreach, care, and prevention to engage HIV-seropositive young MSM of color special project of national significance initiative. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 Apr 1; 53(4):529-36. PMID: 19755914.
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    23. Arya M, Levison J, Giordano TP. Ongoing barriers to HIV testing during pregnancy: a need for media campaigns addressing low knowledge about perinatal HIV transmission among women in the United States. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2010 Feb; 24(2):71-2. PMID: 20156090.
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    24. Arya M, Behforouz HL, Viswanath K. African American women and HIV/AIDS: a national call for targeted health communication strategies to address a disparity. AIDS Read. 2009 Feb; 19(2):79-84, C3. PMID: 19271331; PMCID: PMC3695628.
    25. Stein DJ, Arya M, Pietrini P, Rapoport JL, Swedo SE. Neurocircuitry of disgust and anxiety in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a positron emission tomography study. Metab Brain Dis. 2006 Sep; 21(2-3):267-77. PMID: 16850255.
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