About the Current Team
Aaron is thrilled to
join Dr. Brewster’s Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Team. He
brings with him three years of experience as a Project Manager at the Center
for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training. There, he oversaw many projects
on HIV prevention and care for gay men and transgender women. Aaron’s work is
an intersection of his research interests in HIV stigma, minority stress, and
community-based intervention incorporating participants directly into the
Aaron began to explore his interests in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and issues of Queer/LGBT health during his undergraduate work at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). At GMHC, he 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, Aaron worked as a research assistant for an international PrEP Study through the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.
Before coming to Teachers College, Aaron completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology at Brandeis University. He received High Honors for his senior thesis investigating the exclusion of transgender domestic violence survivors from shelters and services. He 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.
Aaron grounds every aspect of his work in queer theories, feminisms, and anti-racist activism, and looks forward to learning within and outside of these frameworks as part of Dr Brewster’s research team. He is a devout believer in the powers of punk rock, grassroots activism, and collaborative strategies to transform disparities in public health.