Jorge Soler, PhD, MPH

Post-doctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies

Email: js5043@cumc.columbia.edu

Having completed a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in HIV Implementation Science at ICAP within Columbia University, Dr. Jorge Soler joined the HIV Center in September 2018 to complete an additional year of Fellowship with his mentor, Theo Sandfort.  Jorge earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2006 and his PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2016.  Jorge is a community-based researcher; he worked in public health practice at the Latin American Health Institute in Boston for 5 years before working in public health research on several community-based participatory research studies in Michigan.  Jorge’s expertise is primarily in the area of social support in relation to young adult gay and bisexual men’s mental and sexual health.  More recently, he has started to merge his background in social support with his new interest in social networks to better understand the mechanisms linking support and health.  Having previously examined the supportive role of chosen family in family networks, Jorge is now examining the supportive role of primary and non-primary sexual partners in sexual networks.  By thinking about gay and bisexual men’s social networks broadly and their sexual relationships holistically, Jorge believes we can develop more effective network-based health interventions for this population, including those focused on HIV prevention and specifically on PrEP implementation.


Education:

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
MPH - Community Health - 2006

University of Michigan, New York, NY
PhD - Health Behavior and Health Education - 2016