Dr. Mendelsohn is on sabbatical for the 2022-3 academic year.
Joshua B. Mendelsohn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Professions at Pace University, New York City Campus. Dr. Mendelsohn's grant-funded work includes studies on the effectiveness of immediate antiretroviral therapy for reducing HIV infection among economic migrants in China, HIV risk among HIV serodiscordant couples in Canada, arts-based interventions for reducing HIV stigma among conflict-affected young people in Uganda, acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis among gay and bisexual men who have sex with men in Canada and China, empowerment-based interventions for managing HIV and other chronic illnesses, and vaccine acceptance and mental health among college students in New York.
Dr. Mendelsohn completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and a BSc (Honors) in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Toronto (Distinction). Dr. Mendelsohn is an Associate Managing Editor for the journal Conflict and Health.
Awards and Honors
- College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2022, Dean's Scholarship Award
- Pace University, 2022, Kenan Award
- Pace University, 2021, Kenan Award
- College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2019, Dean's Summer Research Award
- College of Health Professions, Pace University, 2018, Dean's Scholarship Award
PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, 2012
Epidemiology and Population Health
MS, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 2003
Environmental Change and Management
BS, University of Toronto, Canada, 1999
Zoology and Psychology
Research and Creative Works
HIV treatment and prevention, HIV-serodiscordant couples, social epidemiology, mobile, crisis- and conflict-affected populations
Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts
Evaluation of feasibility and efficacy of a strengths-based intervention to improve self-care management among patients with chronic illness: pilot study
Stepanian, N., Heggdal, K. & Mendelsohn, J. B. June 2022 - June 2023. Bridge Award, Pace University, $4,500.00. Funded.
Covid-19 vaccine beliefs and intentions, and the practice of prevention behaviors among college students: In search of an integrative model of determinants in an evolving pandemic
Gollub, E., Mendelsohn, J. B. & Boyraz, G. March 2021 - March 2022. Covid-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award, Pace University, $5,000.00. Funded.
Publications and Presentations
A national recruitment strategy for HIV-serodiscordant partners living in Canada for the Positive Plus One study: a mixed-methods study.
Xi, M., Bullock, S., Mendelsohn, J. B., Iveniuk, J., Moravan, V., Burchell, A. N., Tan DHS, ., Daftary, A., Thompson, T., Lebouché, B., Bisaillon, L., Myers, T. & Calzavara, L. (2022). BMC Public Health. Vol 22 (Issue 832) https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13153-5
Disclosure of HIV-serodiscordant relationships and association with viral suppression: results from the Positive Plus One study.
Mendelsohn, J. B., Calzavara, L., Bullock, S., Iveniuk, J., Tan DHS, ., Burchell, A. N., Bourne, A., Lebouché, B., Daftary, A., Moravan, V., Loutfy, M. & Conway, B. (2022). AIDS Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2021.2019669
Dual pharmaceutical citizenship: Exploring biomedicalization in the daily lives of mixed HIV-serostatus couples in Canada.
Ryan, M., Mendelsohn, J. B., Daftary, A., Yang, M., Bullock, S., Lebouché, B. & Calzavara, L. (2022). Social Science & Medicine. Vol 298 , pages 114863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114863
Social capital and HIV-serodiscordance: Disparities in access to personal and professional resources for HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners.
Iveniuk, J., Calzavara, L., Bullock, S., Mendelsohn, J. B., Burchell, A., Bisaillon, L., Daftary, A., Lebouché, B., Masching, R. & Thompson, T. (2022). SSM - Population Health. Vol 17 , pages 101056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101056
Health care professionals' experiences of facilitating patient activation and empowerment in chronic illness using a person-centered and strengths-based self-management program.
Heggdal, K., Stepanian, N. A., Oftedal, B. F., Mendelsohn, J. B. & Larsen, M. H. (2021). Chronic Illness. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/17423953211065006
Health-care professionals' assessment of a person-centred intervention to empower self-management and health across chronic illness: Qualitative findings from a process evaluation study.
Heggdal, K., Mendelsohn, J. B., Stepanian, N. A., Oftedal, B. F. & Larsen, M. H. (2021). Health Expectations. Vol 24 (Issue 4) , pages 1367-1377. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hex.13271
Epidemiology and clinical course of COVID-19 in Shanghai, China
Shen, Y., Zheng, F., Sun, D., Ling, Y., Chen, J., Li , F., Li , T., Qian, Z., Zhang, Y., Xu, Q., Liu, L., Huang, Q., Shan, F., Xu, L., Wu, J., Zhu, Z., Song, Z., Li , S., Shi, Y., Zhang, J., Wu, X., Mendelsohn, J. B., Zhu, T. & Lu, H. (2020). Emerging Microbes & Infections. Vol 9 (Issue 1) , pages 1537-1545. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22221751.2020.1787103
Key gaps in the HIV continuum of care among men who have sex with men and migrants diagnosed with HIV: Findings from a surveillance study in Shanghai, China
Mendelsohn, J. B., Cheng, H., Calzavara, L., Wang, S., Bullock, S., Mishra, S., Burchell, A., Loutfy, M., Li, A., Hogg, R., Steele, S., Moineddin, R. & Kang, L. (2018). Vol 392 (Issue S85) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32714-4/fulltext
Low levels of viral suppression among refugees and host nationals accessing antiretroviral therapy in a Kenyan refugee camp
Mendelsohn, J. B., Spiegel, P., Grant, A., Doraiswamy, S., Schilperoord, M., Larke, N., Burton, J. W., Okonji, J. A., Zeh, C., Muhindo, B., Mohammed, I. M., Mukui, I. N., Patterson, N., Sondorp, E. & Ross, D. A. (2017). Conflict and Health. Vol 11 , pages 11. https://conflictandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13031-017-0111-3
Negotiating “sero-imbalances” within HIV serodiscordant relationships in Canada: a pilot inquiry
Daftary, A., Mendelsohn, J. B. & Calzavara, L. (2016). Springer. , pages Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative pp 251-263. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-42725-6_20
A scoping review and thematic analysis of social and behavioural research among HIV-serodiscordant couples in high-income settings
Mendelsohn, J. B., Calzavara, L., Daftary, A., Mitra, S., Pidutti, J., Allman, D., Bourne, A., Loutfy, M. & Myers, T. (2015). BMC Public Health. Vol 15 , pages 241. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-015-1488-9
Design and implementation of a sexual health intervention for migrant construction workers situated in Shanghai, China
Mendelsohn, J. B., Calzavara, L., Light, L., Burchell, A. N., Ren, J. & Kang, L. (2015). Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. Vol 12 , pages 16. https://ete-online.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12982-015-0033-8
Impact evaluation of a community-based intervention to reduce risky sexual behaviour among female sex workers in Shanghai, China
Liu, J., Calzavara, L., Mendelsohn, J. B., O'Leary, A., Kang, L., Pan, Q., Myers, T., Ren, J., Cha, Y., Shi, G., Liu, X., Tian, X., Fan, H., Ni, Y. & Remis, R. S. (2015). BMC Public Health. Vol 15 , pages 147. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-015-1439-5
Antiretroviral therapy for refugees and internally displaced persons: a call for equity
Mendelsohn, J. B., Spiegel, P., Schilperoord, M., Cornier, N. & Ross, D. A. (2014). PLoS Medicine. Vol 11 (Issue 6) , pages e1001643. https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001643
Bounded agency in humanitarian settings: a qualitative study of adherence to antiretroviral therapy among refugees situated in Kenya and Malaysia
Mendelsohn, J. B., Rhodes, T., Spiegel, P., Schilperoord, M., Burton, J. W., Balasundaram, S., Wong, C. & Ross, D. A. (2014). Social Science & Medicine. Vol 120 , pages 387-95. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277953614003694?via%3Dihub
Is forced migration a barrier to treatment success? Similar HIV treatment outcomes among refugees and a surrounding host community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mendelsohn, J. B., Schilperoord, M., Spiegel, P., Balasundaram, S., Radhakrishnan, A., Lee, C. K., Larke, N., Grant, A. D., Sondorp, E. & Ross, D. A. (2014). AIDS and Behavior. Vol 18 (Issue 2) , pages 323-34. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10461-013-0494-0
Adherence to antiretroviral therapy and treatment outcomes among conflict-affected and forcibly displaced populations: a systematic review
Mendelsohn, J. B., Schilperoord, M., Spiegel, P. & Ross, D. A. (2012). Conflict and Health. Vol 6 (Issue 1) , pages 9. https://conflictandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1752-1505-6-9
Pandemic, protests, and penury: syndemic impacts on mental health and self-protective behaviors of US college students
Gollub, E., Mendelsohn, J. B. & Cirillo, M. (2021, June 8). American College Health Association 2021 Annual Meeting. Virtual.
Dual pharmaceutical citizenship: Exploring biomedicalization in the daily lives of mixed HIV-serostatus couples in Canada
Ryan, M., Mendelsohn, J. B., Daftary, A., Yang, M., Bullock, S., Calzavara, L. & Positive Plus One Team, . (2021, May 5). 30th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Virtual.
Intersectional determinants of resilience among mixed HIV-serostatus relationships in Canada
Yang, M., Daftary, A., Mendelsohn, J. B., Ryan, M., Bullock, S., Calzavara, L. & Positive Plus One Team, . (2021, May 5). 30th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Virtual.
"Communication, compatibility, compromise, and commitment…we allow ourselves the room to grow and change": Qualitative findings from Canadian gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men in current HIV-serodifferent relationships (TUPED741)
Mendelsohn, J. B., Calzavara, L., Bullock, S., Daftary, A. & Positive Plus One Team, . (2019, July 23). 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science. Mexico City.
Beliefs and practices underlying "undetectable = uninfectious" in a study of serodiscordant couples enrolled in the Canadian national Positive Plus One study (EPHP2.04)
Bullock, S., Calzavara, L., Mendelsohn, J. B., Tan, D., Burchell, A., Routy, J., Lebouché, B., Daftary, A., Allman, D., Thompson, T., , T., Masching, R., Conway, B. & The Positive Plus One Team, . (2019, May 10). 28th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Saskatoon.
Transmission information and support needs of the HIV-negative partner in HIV-serodiscordant relationships: Results from the Canadian national Positive Plus One study
Bullock, S., Calzavara, L., Daftary, A., Mendelsohn, J. B., Lebouche, B., Gladstone, B., Bisaillon, L., Tan, D., Bourne, A., Routy, J., Loutfy, M., Thompson, T. & Positive Plus One Team, . (2018, July 26). 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). Amsterdam.
Patient-identified facilitators and barriers to engagement with ART in the context of a new test-and-treat policy in Shanghai
Mendelsohn, J. B., Li, A., Cheng, H., Kang, L., Chen, P., Cao, Z., Bao, Y., Ning, Y., Wang, J., Allman, D., Bullock, S. & Calzavara, L. (2018, July 23). 4th International Conference on the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV. Amsterdam.
Professional Contributions and Service
Patent: Accessory Adapter System for Wearable Computing Device , United States
Patent: Integrated Bail and Pin , United States
Patent: Cover Attachment for a Wearable Computing Device , United States
- American Public Health Association
- Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
- International AIDS Society
- International Civilian Response Corps
Associate Editor, Conflict and Health