Christine Rael, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: 646-774-6967

Christine Rael, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the HIV Center. She received her Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Science from the University of Colorado in Denver.

Dr. Rael’s research focuses on how social and cultural factors influence HIV exposure, prevention, and treatment behaviors, particularly within the context of concentrated epidemics.

Her work primarily focuses on groups with disparate access to health resources and stigmatized populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW). She is especially interested in expanding access to HIV prevention and care services through the use of mobile technology and providing services in non-traditional settings. Prior to her appointment at the HIV Center, her research focused on identifying relationships among stigma, depression, and poor health outcomes in children of FSW, women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWHA), and Haitian women in the Dominican Republic. 


University of Wisconsin-Parkside
BA - 2006 - International Studies, Spanish

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MS - 2008 - Anthropology

University of Colorado-Denver
PhD - 2015 - Health and Behavioral Science


2008-2010: Teaching Assistant: Biological Anthropology, University of Colorado-Denver

2010-2011: Anthropology Lab Manager, University of Colorado-Denver

2011: Teaching Assistant: Intro to Public Health, University of Colorado-Denver

2012: Teaching Assistant: Intro to Epidemiology, University of Colorado-Denver

2008-2012: Research Assistant, University of Colorado-Denver

2009-2014: Independent Contractor, Hep C Connection

2012-2014: Adult Intervention Manager, Denver Health & Hospital Authority

2015-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY


2002-2006: Rotary Undergraduate Scholarship
Full scholarship to complete undergraduate degree

2008-2011: Tuition stipend for doctoral degree coursework

2011: Rotary Global Health Scholarship
Robinson-Durst Scholarship for Global Health Research

2012: Colorado Health Foundation Symposium University Scholar

2013-2014: Fulbright Full Research Grant