Marya Gwadz, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Phone: 212-992-7147

Marya Gwadz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Senior Research Scientist, and the Director of the Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR, P30 DA011041; Sherry Deren, PhD, and Holly Hagan, PhD, Co-PIs). Her research focuses mainly on identifying approaches to increase health equity among African American/Black and Hispanic populations. Dr. Gwadz has been leading intervention trials for over two decades, with an emphasis on studies to address HIV- and drug use-related health disparities in urban populations of color, and among women. She has a particular interest in creating culturally appropriate, cost-effective, scalable, and reproducible intervention programs, including studies using adaptive designs and the Multiphase Optimization STrategy (MOST). She also leads a program of research with vulnerable adolescent populations, including runaway and homeless youth.


NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
PhD - 1998 - Clinical Psychology