TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine
AddressOne Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
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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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    K23MH094235     (ARYA, MONISHA)Apr 1, 2012 - Mar 31, 2018
    Designing a HIV Testing Campaign for Health Centers Serving African-Americans
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Stevens EM, Li X, Arya M, Vallone D, Minsky S, Osgood ND, Viswanath K, V?zquez-Otero C. Tobacco messages encountered in real-time among low socio-economic position groups: a descriptive study. BMC Public Health. 2021 11 20; 21(1):2136. PMID: 34801012; PMCID: PMC8606061.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    2. Lee EW, Bekalu MA, McCloud R, Vallone D, Arya M, Osgood N, Li X, Minsky S, Viswanath K. The Potential of Smartphone Apps in Informing Protobacco and Antitobacco Messaging Efforts Among Underserved Communities: Longitudinal Observational Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 07 07; 22(7):e17451. PMID: 32673252; PMCID: PMC7381035.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Arya M, Marren RE, Marek HG, Pasalar S, Hemmige V, Giordano TP. Success of Supplementing National HIV Testing Recommendations With a Local Initiative in a Large Health Care System in the U.S. South. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 02 01; 83(2):e6-e9. PMID: 31929408; PMCID: PMC6964252.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    4. Fisk RJ, Kumar D, Kellogg JB, Murphy DR, Staggers KA, Arya M. A Proof of Concept Study Demonstrating the Feasibility of a Text Message Prompt for Hepatitis C Testing in the 1945-1965 Birth Cohort. Cureus. 2019 May 24; 11(5):e4745. PMID: 31363427; PMCID: PMC6663280.
    5. Wettermann R, Marek H, Giordano TP, Arya M. Text Messages Can Encourage Patients to Discuss and Receive HIV Testing in Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 May-Jun; 32(3):408-412. PMID: 31068405.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Kumar D, Hemmige V, Kallen MA, Giordano TP, Arya M. Mobile Phones May Not Bridge the Digital Divide: A Look at Mobile Phone Literacy in an Underserved Patient Population. Cureus. 2019 Feb 20; 11(2):e4104. PMID: 31057998; PMCID: PMC6476614.
      Citations: 13     
    7. Fisk RJ, Kumar D, Murphy DR, Arya M. Complementing EMR-based Interventions to Improve Hepatitis C Screening. J Transl Int Med. 2018 Dec; 6(4):198-199. PMID: 30637209; PMCID: PMC6326025.
      Citations: 1     
    8. Kumar D, Hemmige V, Kallen MA, Street RL, Giordano TP, Arya M. The Role of Text Messages in Patient-Physician Communication about the Influenza Vaccine. J Mob Technol Med. 2018 Sep; 7(2):55-59. PMID: 30687410; PMCID: PMC6347375.
      Citations: 1     
    9. Arya M, Marek HG, Marren RE, Hemmige V, Street RL, Giordano TP. Development and Evaluation of a Physician-Targeted Video to Promote HIV Screening. Health Promot Pract. 2019 11; 20(6):922-931. PMID: 29938534.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    10. Phillips AL, Patel S, Kumar D, Arya M. Letter to the Editor Regarding "HIV Testing at Visits to Physicians' Offices in the U.S., 2009-2012". Am J Prev Med. 2018 05; 54(5):724-725. PMID: 29680122.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:CellsPHPublic Health
    11. Baumann KE, Hemmige V, Kallen MA, Street RL, Giordano TP, Arya M. Whether Patients Want It or Not, Physician Recommendations Will Convince Them to Accept HIV Testing. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2018 Jan-Dec; 17:2325957417752258. PMID: 29380668; PMCID: PMC6748523.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    12. Grigoryan L, Zoorob R, Shah J, Wang H, Arya M, Trautner BW. Antibiotic Prescribing for Uncomplicated Acute Bronchitis Is Highest in Younger Adults. Antibiotics (Basel). 2017 Oct 27; 6(4). PMID: 29077003; PMCID: PMC5745465.
      Citations: 2     
    13. Arya M, Huang A, Kumar D, Hemmige V, Street RL, Giordano TP. The Promise of Patient-Centered Text Messages for Encouraging HIV Testing in an Underserved Population. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2018 Jan - Feb; 29(1):101-106. PMID: 28739385; PMCID: PMC5742309.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    14. Patel S, Hemmige V, Street RL, Viswanath K, Arya M. Activating Racial and Ethnic Minorities to Engage in Preventive Health: Patient Preferences for Health Reminders. J Particip Med. 2017; 9. PMID: 29270330; PMCID: PMC5736376.
      Citations: 2     
    15. Patel S, Arya M. The BUS Framework: A comprehensive tool in creating an mHealth App utilizing Behavior Change Theories, User-Centered Design, and Social Marketing. J Mob Technol Med. 2017 Apr; 6(1):39-45. PMID: 29104674; PMCID: PMC5669622.
      Citations: 9     
    16. Kumar D, Arya M. Pretesting mHealth: Implications for Campaigns among Underserved Patients. J Mob Technol Med. 2016; 5(2):38-43. PMID: 27540419; PMCID: PMC4986831.
      Citations: 1     
    17. Phillips AL, Arya M. Raising Awareness: The Overlapping Epidemics of Low Health Literacy and HIV. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2016 Jul-Aug; 27(4):372-5. PMID: 27068145; PMCID: PMC5012426.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Arya M, Phillips AL, Street RL, Giordano TP. Physician Preferences for Physician-Targeted HIV Testing Campaigns. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2016 11; 15(6):470-476. PMID: 27000130; PMCID: PMC5031505.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    19. 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; PMCID: PMC4675332.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Kumar D, Arya M. mHealth is an Innovative Approach to Address Health Literacy and Improve Patient-Physician Communication - An HIV Testing Exemplar. J Mob Technol Med. 2015 Jan 01; 4(1):25-30. PMID: 25729441; PMCID: PMC4341897.
      Citations: 8     
    21. 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 07; 15(4):306-12. PMID: 25421929; PMCID: PMC4441866.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    22. 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.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    23. 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.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    24. 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.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    25. 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.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    26. 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.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. 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 01; 64 Suppl 1:S7-13. PMID: 24126451; PMCID: PMC3840714.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    28. 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.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. 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.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    30. 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.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. 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.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    32. Mugavero MJ, Westfall AO, Zinski A, Davila J, Drainoni ML, Gardner LI, Keruly JC, Malitz F, Marks G, Metsch L, Wilson TE, Giordano TP, Retention in Care (RIC) Study Group. 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.
      Citations: 136     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. 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.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. 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.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. 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, Retention in Care Study Group. 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.
      Citations: 45     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. 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.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. 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.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. 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.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. 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.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. 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.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. 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, YMSM of color Special Projects of National Significance Initiative Study Group. 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 01; 53(4):529-36. PMID: 19755914.
      Citations: 57     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. 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.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    43. 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.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. 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.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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