Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH
Co-Director

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Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and a Professor of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Hightow-Weidman is the co-director of the Behavior and Technology Lab (BATLab) at UNC and is an expert in the development, implementation and evaluation of digital health interventions (DHIs) to address the HIV Care Continuum for adolescents and young adults, particularly among sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. She has developed DHIs to address uptake and adherence to biomedical HIV prevention technologies, as well as intervening to increase HIV diagnosis, linkage and retention in care for SGM youth.

She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles on these topics and has a proven track record of successful funding from the National Institutes of Health, HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also is a practicing clinician and has been providing care to youth living with or at risk for HIV at UNC since 2001.

Find more of Lisa’s work on Pubmed.

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Kate Muessig, PhD
Co-Director

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Kate Muessig, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Health Behavior department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her doctoral training from Johns Hopkins University as a public health interventionist and social scientist and her current research centers on the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the U.S., China, and sub-Saharan Africa.

At UNC, Dr. Muessig teaches graduate-level seminars in Globalization & Health and Research Grant Proposal Development. Her research focuses on key populations including men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers, and populations experiencing health disparities. She is currently engaged in the development and testing of a number of NIH-funded eHealth and mHealth interventions for men who have sex with men in both the U.S. and China including healthMpowerment.org, Epic Allies app to improve antiretroviral medication adherence, the Tough Talks virtual reality application to support HIV status disclosure decisions, and the Ally Quest app to improve linkage and engagement in care among newly diagnosed HIV+ youth.

She is particularly interested in the roles of reducing stigma and improving social support as means to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes. Dr. Muessig’s methodological focus is on the use of qualitative and mixed-methods research to support the development, implementation and evaluation of health behavior interventions.

To learn more about Kate’s work, click here.

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Aimee Rochelle, MPH
mHealth Research Manager

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Aimee Rochelle is the Health Research Manager at the BATLab. Aimee received her MPH in 2014 from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a focus on Global Health Systems and Development. She also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining BATLab Aimee worked in Cambodia managing Viamo Inc.’s Cambodia and Indonesia ICT4D programs where she used mobile technology to address various health, economic, political and agricultural challenges. She has also worked in the Dominican Republic, Zambia and New Mexico on projects related to MNCH, SRH, as well as substance use. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and hunting for the best taco in town.

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Carissa Crews, MPH, CHC
mHealth Research Study Coordinator

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Carissa is the mHealth Study Coordinator at the BATLab. Born and raised in rural North Carolina, Carissa received her Bachelor’s in Public Health Education with a Concentration in Community Health Education from UNC-Greensboro in 2016 and her Master of Public Health in 2018, also from UNC-Greensboro. Upon graduation, she began her career as an Outreach Worker by providing HIV/Hep C and Syphilis rapid testing throughout Rockingham, Alamance, and Durham counties. While working throughout Durham Co. she specifically worked with persons with mental health concerns and/or co-occurring substance use. As a Certified Health Coach, she utilizes health coaching methods to perform health education counseling sessions. HIV/STD prevention, health equity amongst disadvantaged populations, teenage pregnancy prevention, mHealth, and lack of mental health resources are a few of Carissa’s Public Health interests. She is also passionate about assisting first-generation college students with their matriculation throughout higher education.

In her free time she enjoys interior design, boxing, eating any type of taco, and attending music festivals!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Consultants

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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Consultants (DEI RC) provides consultation on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, research materials and processes, and social media trends within various studies in the BATLab. Additionally, members have the flexibility to create audio, visual, and written content that is available to participants in different research studies, and they assist with participant engagement in forums.

This conglomerate comprises twelve individuals living across the United States with varying levels of education, professional, and lived experiences. The DEI RC are part-time UNC-Chapel Hill employees. This workgroup receives mentorship, professional development, and valuable working experience in the research field.

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Developer

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