Working Groups

SHARC Working Groups are open to all students, staff, and faculty with interest in improving health outcomes among the diverse range of populations affected by alcohol and HIV.

Community Engagement

Brings students, faculty, staff, and community members together to build relationships, plan engagement activities, provide education, and promote understanding of SHARC-related research in the community.

Meets every other Friday starting January 19th
from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, MPE, MSW
Nanyangwe Siuluta

Data Team

Learn data skills and statistical methods, receive guidance on data analysis, review data from SHARC research projects, and prepare data for research abstracts or manuscripts.

Meeting time to be decided

Alex Li

Marijuana Working Group

The Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Working Group aims to broaden our understanding of medical marijuana implications and uses in real-world settings. Interested participants will have the opportunity to participate in a journal club focusing on methodologies surrounding current medical marijuana research with the potential to collaborate on a research paper towards the end of the semester. Anyone interested in medical marijuana research is more than welcome to attend!

Meets Biweekly on Thursdays starting January 18th.
from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Juan Perez
Sophie Maloney


In coordination with the Florida DoH, the group works to combat HIV-stigma, understand the impacts of stigma, and identify mitigation strategies.

Meets every Thursday
from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Christina Parisi
Aislann Woody

Women’s Health

The Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Women’s Health Working Group aims are twofold: (1) establish a culture of accountability through goal-directed scholarship and (2) foster trans-/inter- disciplinary relationships among faculty, staff, and students that focus on identifying, understanding, and addressing women’s health-related concerns through various learning modalities including substantive discussions, journal clubs, and scholarly works.

Meets every other Tuesday starting January 16th
from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


The SHARC Writing Group will meet every Monday from 4-5:30pm in the Spring semester. The first 15 minutes of the working group are dedicated to a discussion of each member’s writing goals for the week. The next 75 minutes serve as a dedicated writing time. Members of the group offer each other support and guidance on scientific writing, as well as advice about professional development and time management. All members of SHARC, at all writing levels, are welcome to attend the weekly meeting via Zoom.

Meets every Monday
from 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Elena Kalina

Qualitative Research Colloquium

This colloquium aims to provide an online collaborative space where qualitative researchers from all disciplines gather and present qualitative research ideas and questions, discuss latest qualitative research articles and reflect on emerging theories and methodologies in qualitative research. Graduate students and faculty members from diverse academic disciplines present their qualitative research projects and ideas and seek inputs from the group.

Meets every Wednesday
from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Deepthi Varma, PhD

LGBTQ+ Health

The purpose of the LGBTQ+ Health Working Group is to foster a community of likeminded individuals who have an interest in engaging in discussions about current research and topics pertaining to LGBTQ+ health. Members will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of discussions including a journal club emphasizing new research findings in LGBTQ+ health, various methods and measures used in LGBTQ+ health research, and “hot topic” conversations. Each semester, we will host one guest speaker to present their LGBTQ+-related research. Members will also be able to foster potential research collaborations with other group members.

Meets the third Tuesday of every Month
from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dr. Jake Bleasdale
Dr. Drew Westmoreland