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Dini Harsono

Program Director, Health Services and Global Research; Research Associate 3, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

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Research Summary

Trained in health psychology, Dini's research interests are the behavioral aspects of human health, the socio-ecological factors influencing the uptake of evidence-based practice, and the ethical considerations in research, particularly related to HIV, mental health, and substance use. She has led and published HIV-related literature review projects. She is experienced in designing quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments and conducting mixed methods research with people with HIV, individuals who use drugs, persons involved in criminal justice system, healthcare providers, and community-based organization leaders and healthcare workers.

Extensive Research Description

  • A SMART Approach to Treating Tobacco Use Disorder in Persons Living with HIV (2019-2024)

A clinical trial to identify the optimal adaptive intervention to promote confirmed smoking reduction among persons with HIV who smoke and receiving HIV care and its impact on HIV-specific outcomes, and to conduct an implementation-focused evaluation of a clinical pharmacist-delivered intervention involving nicotine replacement therapy, oral tobacco treatment medication, and contingency management. Principal investigators: Drs. E. Jennifer Edelman and Steve Bernstein.

  • Managing Health during Humanitarian Crises: Resilience, Establishing Health Priorities, and Impact on Health Care Workers (2023-2024)

A conference grant awarded by the Yale MacMillan Center’s Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund to Drs. Julia Rozanova and Sheela Shenoi to support a series of events focused on evidence and knowledge gaps on factors at the individual, organizational, and system level during and after a crisis, particularly related to 1) communicable disease control, 2) sexual and reproductive health, and 3) mental health, addiction, and psychosocial support.

  • HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Crises (2020-2022)

A conference grant awarded by the Yale MacMillan Center’s Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund to Drs. Kaveh Khoshnood and Luke Davis to organize a series of events and research activities that aim to bring together researchers, practitioners, and all interested communities to discuss current knowledge and identify research questions related to the well-being of people with HIV or at risk for HIV and affected by humanitarian crises.

  • Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with HIV with Tobacco Use: A Mixed-Methods Study (2020-2022)

A CIRA pilot project led by Dr. E. Jennifer Edelman that assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV care (HIV viral load, CD4 count, retention in care) and telehealth experiences among individuals with HIV (Aim 1); and to characterize COVID-19 awareness, behaviors, and experiences (Aim 2).

  • Project CIRCLE: CIRA International HIV Research Capacity and Collaboration: An Exploratory Study (2019-2021)

An assessment of international HIV research capacity and collaboration among CIRA affiliates and their international research partners in a mixed-methods exploratory study. This project is co-led by Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood and Ms. Dini Harsono.


Research Interests

Community Health Services; Ethics; HIV; Public Health; Global Health; Program Evaluation; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation

Public Health Interests

Behavioral Health; Ethics; Global Health; HIV/AIDS; Mental Health; Conflict and Health; Qualitative Methods; COVID-19

Selected Publications