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About the Current Team > Aaron Breslow

About the Current Team

Aaron Breslow

Curriculum Vitae

I am thrilled to join Dr. Brewster’s Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Team. I bring with me three years of experience as a Project Manager at the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training. There, I oversaw many projects on HIV prevention and care for gay men and transgender women. My work is an intersection of my research interests in HIV stigma, minority stress, and community-based intervention incorporating participants directly into the research process. 

I began to explore my interests in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and issues of Queer/LGBT health during my undergraduate work at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). At GMHC, I took on case management and mental health responsibilities, supporting clients in housing stability and crystal methamphetamine recovery. While studying abroad at the African Gender Institute in Cape Town, South Africa, I worked as a research assistant for an international PrEP Study through the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. 

Before coming to Teachers College, I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology at Brandeis University. I received High Honors for his senior thesis investigating the exclusion of transgender domestic violence survivors from shelters and services. I also served as a Peer Outreach Team Member at Fenway Community Health in Boston, and worked for AIDS Walk San Francisco performing fundraising and outreach. 

I ground every aspect of my work in queer theories, feminisms, and anti-racist activism, and look forward to learning within and outside of these frameworks as part of Dr Brewster’s research team. I am a devout believer in the powers of punk rock, grassroots activism, and collaborative strategies to transform disparities in public health.