Dr. Tyrel Starks
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology &
Director of the Relationship Health Research Team
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Hunter College
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
B.S., Psychology, University of South Dakota
CURRENT AREAS OF RESEARCH:
Dr. Starks has a strong investment in research which directly informs clinical practice. He is the Director of the Relationship Health Research Team at PRIDE and a member of the Health Psychology and Clinical Science doctoral program faculty.
His research focuses on substance use and sexual health in sexual minority populations, with a particular emphasis on relationship factors associated with sexual health in gay and bisexual men. A large portion of his work aims specifically to develop interventions which target drug use and HIV-related sexual risk tailored for gay and bisexual men in relationships. The fundamental premise of this work is that enhancing relationship functions between primary partners will lead to improvements in health-related behaviors for the individuals in the relationship.
His portfolio of federally funded research includes the development of interventions delivered to couples and also individually-delivered interventions tailored specifically for gay men in relationships. Interventions tested in his lab utilize a combination of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and video-based modeling. Separately, he is also interested in how relationship-related expectations shape the behavior of individuals who are single.
CURRENT FEDERAL GRANTS:
Tyrel J. Starks, PI: Intervention to reduce drug use and HIV incidence among high PrEP priority partnered YMSM. Submitted to national Institute of Drug Abuse. Project Period: 7/1/2017 - 5/31/2022. Total Budget: $4,701,017.
Tyrel J. Starks, PI: Couples-based intervention to reduce drug use and HIV transmission risk. Grant # R34 DA043422. Funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Project Period: 4/1/2017 - 2/29/2020. Total Budget: $666,900.
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