Tyler James

Mentor: Dr. Dr. Sadie Jane Ryan
College of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I became interested in research at an early age when my mother began teaching me about genealogy. The process of searching for documents, collecting family histories, and then compiling this information into comprehendible formats felt like a natural process. When I arrived at UF, becoming involved with scientific research was a continuation of this natural process. Research gives me the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to real world situations to one-day affect policies and programs."

Major

Psychology

Minor

Geography

Research Interests

  • Health communication
  • Health service utilization
  • Infectious diseases

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholar (2013 - 2016)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship - Russian (Summer 2014)
  • UF University Scholars Program (2015-2016)

Organizations

  • Gator Pals
  • Signing Gators
  • Volunteers for International Student Affairs

Volunteer

  • Sidney Lanier Center

Hobbies and Interests

  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • American Sign Language

Research Description

HIV-related stigma, knowledge, and risk behaviors in university students
In the United States, approximately 66% of people living with HIV are not engaged in treatment. Utilization of this treatment is important because it can lead to viral suppression, reduce morbidity, and decrease transmission risks. HIV-related stigma and discrimination have been identified as having a very strong, negative impact on the utilization of HIV testing and treatment services. Previous research has shown a strong relationship between HIV-related stigma and knowledge. In my project, we will analyze this relationship further by focusing on the differences between students in health service related fields and those not studying these fields. This project may identify gaps in student knowledge regarding HIV, which may, in future years, help reduce stigma towards people living with HIV. For more information, visit www.tylergjames.com.