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Authors

Donna Futterman, MD

Donna Futterman, MD

Dr. Donna Futterman is the director of the Adolescent AIDS Program, Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York, where she has worked since 1989, and a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Futterman has published more than 60 articles and chapters on the care of HIV-infected and at-risk youth and an award-winning book titled: Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling.

Dr. Futterman has served as a national leader, chairing the NIH-funded Adolescent Medicine HIV/AIDS Research Network and the Adolescent Committee of the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group. She has served on the HRSA/CDC AIDS Advisory Council and the Committee on Pediatric AIDS of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a board member of: LIFEBeat, a not-for-profit AIDS resource and awareness organization supported primarily by people in the music industry, and the South African program, Mothers to Mothers. In 2001, she spent a 6-month sabbatical in Cape Town, South Africa, working with the provincial health ministry on its AIDS response, and has returned to South Africa to work on programs for improving HIV care for youth and for preventing maternal-to-child transmission of HIV, via funding from CDC and NIH.

Dr. Futterman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University (1975), and received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1985). She completed her pediatric residency in the Department of Pediatrics and the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York (1988). She had additional training as a fellow in Immunology/Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital AIDS Program of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark (1989).

Sandra Y. Lewis, PsyD

Sandra Lewis, PsyD

Sandra Y. Lewis, PsyD, is a professor of psychology and the director of African American Studies at Montclair State University. Dr. Lewis is well known for her work in the field of HIV, and she has been actively involved in addressing the needs of women, children, and families affected by HIV in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa. She has expertise in cultural competence and psychosocial care of people living with HIV. Dr. Lewis has received awards for distinguished public service from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program.

As a life member and director of research and training of the International Black Women's Congress, Dr. Lewis has coauthored numerous grants for programs that address concerns within the Black/African American community, particularly those relevant to women. The range of programs includes activities involving rites of passage for Black/African American girls, trainings in culturally competent health care, and conferences focusing on HIV, heart disease, breast cancer, and models of exemplary womanhood. Dr. Lewis has published work on the topics of teenage parenting and psychotherapy with women of color, including psychospiritual approaches for women of African descent.

Stephen Stafford, BA

Stephen Stafford, BA

Stephen Stafford is the director of communications and special projects for the Adolescent AIDS Program, Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York. He also serves as a health care communications consultant for business, governmental, and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Stafford has led a variety of social marketing and continuing medical education initiatives but specializes in professional and patient communications on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

For almost 20 years, he has utilized cutting-edge marketing and public relations strategies to promote better health outcomes to audiences that include doctors, patients, employers, and government agencies. During his career, Mr. Stafford has served as a health care aide to a U.S. Congressman, directed the continuing medical education department of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and serviced corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit clients in one of the nation's largest privately held public relations firms. His most rewarding work is taking place now in South Africa, where he is assisting local agencies to promote the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and advocate routine HIV testing among adolescents and young adults.

Mr. Stafford earned a bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations from the University of South Carolina in 1988. He is the author of numerous articles, presentations, and collateral materials on various health topics, including HIV/AIDS.

Robert Johnson, MD

Robert Johnson, MD

Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP, is The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean (Interim), Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His research focuses on adolescent physical and mental health, adolescent HIV, adolescent violence, adolescent fatherhood, and risk prevention/reduction programs with specific emphasis on substance and alcohol abuse, sexuality and sexual dysfunction, male sexual abuse, suicide, and AIDS.

Dr. Johnson serves as chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Council on Graduate Medical Education, a member of the Board of Law and Justice and the Committee on Improving Research Information and Data on Firearms of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Community Prevention Task Force of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He chairs the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Blood-Borne Pathogens, the Newark Ryan White Planning Council, and the Board of Deacons at Union Baptist Church in Orange, New Jersey. Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has previously been a member of the National Council of the National Institute of Mental Health, a member of the NIH AIDS Research Council, a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Unintended Pregnancy, chair of the National Commission on Adolescent Sexuality, president of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, and chair of the Board of Advocates for Youth.

Dr. Johnson has become a well-recognized spokesperson for adolescents and adolescent issues. He addresses numerous local, state, national, and international audiences each year, and frequently appears on television and radio. He has published widely, and he conducts an active schedule of teaching, research, and clinical practice at the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Johnson's book The Race Trap (Harper Business) discusses the pitfalls commonly encountered in communications across the racial divide. His latest book, Strength for Their Journey (Doubleday), a guide for parents of African American teens, was published in the fall of 2002.