Karen McKinnon, MA

Member, Bio-Behavioral Core
Research Scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Director, Columbia University HIV Behavioral Health Training

Phone: 212-342-0543
Fax: 212-342-1824
Email: eja1@columbia.edu

Karen McKinnon, MA, has been conducting research and training about the mental health aspects of HIV infection for over 25 years. Her work as a Research Scientist has been primarily with people with severe mental illness, mapping rates of HIV infection in New York City, learning their risk behaviors, and developing interventions that help them reduce their risk for acquiring or transmitting the virus. In addition to conducting NIMH-funded research in New York and Brazil, she is the director of the Columbia HIV Mental Health Training Project.

As a component of the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center, they train prescribers about the intersection of mental health and HIV care. Further, they also are funded by NYSDOH AIDS Institute as the Clinical Education Initiative's Evaluation Center, coordinating all training outcome data and analysis for their Centers of Excellence.


University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
BA - 1983 - Community Psychology

New York University, New York, NY
MA - 1987 - Community Psychology