Joshua Mendelsohn

Joshua Mendelsohn

Associate Professor
Director
College of Health Professions
Health Sciences

Joshua Mendelsohn

NYC

Biography

Faculty Bio

Joshua B. Mendelsohn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Professions and inaugural Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) that will be accepting new students for Fall 2024. He is based at the New York City Campus.

Dr. Mendelsohn's grant-funded work includes a crossover trial of an HIV stigma reduction intervention delivered to conflict-affected young people in Uganda and observational studies of HIV viral suppression among migrant men in Shanghai, health-seeking and resilience among HIV serodiscordant couples in Canada, pre-exposure prophylaxis among gay and bisexual men in Canada and China, empowerment interventions for managing chronic illness, and vaccine acceptance among college students.

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 a PhD from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. He completed his BSc (Honors) in Zoology and Psychology at the University of Toronto.

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

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2015
CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention

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

Research Interest

global health equity, HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy, migration, crisis- and conflict-affected populations, HIV-serodiscordance, stigma, mixed-methods

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Reducing HIV-related stigma in school children in Northern Uganda: A multi-level arts-based intervention
January 2019 - June 2025. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Federal, $592,874.00. Funded.

Preparing for the broader rollout of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among Shanghai and Chinese-Torontonian gbMSM
January 2018 - March 2024. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Federal, $40,000.00. Funded.

Observational evaluation of immediate antiretroviral therapy on HIV incidence among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China
January 2015 - March 2024. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Federal, $450,000.00. Funded.

HIV serodiscordant couples in Canada: A mixed-methods study of risk management, health and wellbeing for people living with HIV and their partners
July 2014 - March 2024. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Federal, $471,733.00. Funded.

Faculty Fellowship
2022 - 2023. Helene T. and Grant M. Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Pace University, $5,000.00. 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
March 2021 - March 2022. Covid-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award, Pace University, $5,000.00. Funded.

Planning grant for an observational evaluation of immediate antiretroviral therapy on HIV incidence among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China.
January 2015 - January 2016. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Planning and Dissemination Grant$10,000.00. Funded.

Disclosing HIV-serodiscordance: a qualitative study of social dynamics.
August 2014 - April 2015. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC), Research Seed Funding Program$13,557.00. Funded.

May 2008 - April 2011. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award$84,000.00. Funded.

Publications and Presentations

Publications

"Live a normal life": Constructions of resilience among people in mixed HIV status relationships in Canada.
(2023). PloS One. Vol 18 (Issue 3) , pages e0281301. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0281301

Empowerment interventions designed for persons living with chronic disease - a systematic review and meta-analysis of the components and efficacy of format on patient-reported outcomes.
(2023). BMC Health Services Research. Vol 23 (Issue 1) , pages 911. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-023-09895-6

A national recruitment strategy for HIV-serodiscordant partners living in Canada for the Positive Plus One study: a mixed-methods study.
(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.
(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.
(2022). Social Science & Medicine. Vol 298 , pages 114863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114863

Reducing HIV-related stigma among young people attending school in Northern Uganda: study protocol for a participatory arts-based population health intervention and stepped-wedge cluster-randomized trial.
(2022). Trials. Vol 23 (Issue 1) , pages 1043. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06643-9
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Social capital and HIV-serodiscordance: Disparities in access to personal and professional resources for HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners.
(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.
(2021). Chronic Illness. https://doi.org/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.
(2021). Health Expectations. Vol 24 (Issue 4) , pages 1367-1377. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13271

Epidemiology and clinical course of COVID-19 in Shanghai, China
(2020). Emerging Microbes & Infections. Vol 9 (Issue 1) , pages 1537-1545. https://doi.org/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
(2018). Vol 392 (Issue S85) https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32714-4

Low levels of viral suppression among refugees and host nationals accessing antiretroviral therapy in a Kenyan refugee camp
(2017). Conflict and Health. Vol 11 , pages 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-017-0111-3

Negotiating “sero-imbalances” within HIV serodiscordant relationships in Canada: a pilot inquiry
(2016). Springer. , pages Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative pp 251-263. https://doi.org/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
(2015). BMC Public Health. Vol 15 , pages 241. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1488-9

Design and implementation of a sexual health intervention for migrant construction workers situated in Shanghai, China
(2015). Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. Vol 12 , pages 16. https://doi.org/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
(2015). BMC Public Health. Vol 15 , pages 147. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1439-5

Antiretroviral therapy for refugees and internally displaced persons: a call for equity
(2014). PLoS Medicine. Vol 11 (Issue 6) , pages e1001643. https://doi.org/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
(2014). Social Science & Medicine. Vol 120 , pages 387-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.010

Is forced migration a barrier to treatment success? Similar HIV treatment outcomes among refugees and a surrounding host community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(2014). AIDS and Behavior. Vol 18 (Issue 2) , pages 323-34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-013-0494-0

Adherence to antiretroviral therapy and treatment outcomes among conflict-affected and forcibly displaced populations: a systematic review
(2012). Conflict and Health. Vol 6 (Issue 1) , pages 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1505-6-9

Climate and cholera in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: the role of environmental factors and implications for epidemic preparedness
(2008). International journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Vol 211 (Issue 1-2) , pages 156-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2006.12.002

Presentations

The Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) cascade among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Shanghai, China
(2022, July 29). 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022). Montreal.

The Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Cascade among Chinese Gay, Bisexual and Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Toronto
(2022, April 27). 31st Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2022). Montreal.

Pandemic, protests, and penury: syndemic impacts on mental health and self-protective behaviors of US college students
(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
(2021, May 5). 30th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Virtual.

Intersectional determinants of resilience among mixed HIV-serostatus relationships in Canada
(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)
(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)
(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
(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
(2018, July 23). 4th International Conference on the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV. Amsterdam.

Relationship quality and unmet needs among Indigenous Canadians in HIV-serodiscordant relationships
(2017, September 28). Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Wise Practices VI, Skills Building and AGM Gathering. Calgary, Canada.

Social capital and HIV-serodiscordance: Differences in access to personal and professional resources for HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners
(2017, July 27). 1st North American Social Networks Conference. Washington DC, USA.

Beliefs and practices underlying “undetectable = uninfectious” in a study of serodiscordant couples enrolled in the Positive Plus One study in Canada (MOPEC0642)
(2017, July 24). 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science. Paris, France.

Disclosure of HIV-serodiscordant relationships to healthcare providers is associated with viral suppression in the HIV-positive partner: Preliminary findings from the Canadian Positive Plus One Study (MOPEC0644)
(2017, July 24). 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science. Paris, France.

Social capital and HIV-serodiscordance: Disparities in access to personal and professional resources for HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners
(2017, June 1). Canadian Sociological Association Conference. Toronto, Canada.

HIV-negative partners in serodiscordant relationships: A missing link in the HIV cascade of care?
(2017, April 6). 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Montreal, Canada.

How are people talking about their serodiscordant relationships? Preliminary findings from the Positive Plus One Study (EPHP6.08)
(2017, April 6). 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Montreal, Canada.

Social capital and HIV-serodiscordance: Differences in personal and professional sources of help for HIV-positive and HIV negative partners (SSP6.05)
(2017, April 6). 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Montreal, Canada.

The Positive Plus One study: Enrolment and comparison of the survey sample to the distribution of people living with HIV across Canada
(2017, April 6). 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Montreal, Canada.

The missing link in the HIV cascade of care: HIV-negative partners in serodiscordant relationships
(2016, October 24). The Ontario HIV Treatment Network HIV Endgame Conference "Closing the Gaps in the Care Cascade". Toronto, Canada.

Implicit inequities in serodiscordant relationships: the social construction and management of sero-imbalance by HIV-negative and positive partners in Canada (WEPED316)
(2016, July 18). XXI International AIDS Conference. Durban, South Africa.

The Positive Plus One Project: A national mixed-methods study of risk management, health and wellbeing for people living with HIV and their HIV-negative partners (EPHP14.01)
(2016, May 12). 25th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. Toronto, Canada.

"The chances of it happening are so slim": managing sexual and emotional risk within HIV serodiscordant relationships in Canada in The Strange and Familiar Within HIV-Serodiscordance: Cross-cultural Perspectives (5-0780)
(2015, November 21). 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Denver, USA.

Development and design of an observational impact evaluation of immediate antiretroviral therapy on HIV incidence among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China (1735)
(2015, October 28). American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 64th Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, USA.

HIV/AIDS and vulnerable populations
(2015, April 14). College of Health Professions, Pace University. New York, USA.

A scoping review and thematic analysis of HIV-serodiscordant couples in high-income settings (O080)
(2014, May 3). 23rd Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. St. John’s, Canada.

The dynamics of HIV serodiscordant relationships: an integrated approach to knowledge exchange and research development (5410)
(2014, May 3). 23rd Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research. St. John’s, Canada.

"Emerging infectious diseases" in Emerging Health Issues and Policy Needs
(2014, February 4). Health Studies Program, University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada .

Barriers to HAART adherence among refugees and host communities in an urban Southeast Asian setting
(2013, November 18). 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok, Thailand.

Adherence and treatment outcomes among refugees and surrounding host communities accessing highly active antiretroviral therapy in Southeast Asia and Northwestern Kenya (4857)
(2013, June 6). 3rd Annual North American Refugee Health Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Contrasting treatment outcomes among refugees and surrounding host community accessing highly active antiretroviral therapy in Southeast Asia and Northwestern Kenya (01230-000813)
(2013, March 14). 3rd Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. Washington DC, USA.

HIV/AIDS among conflict-affected and forcibly displaced populations: lessons for 21st humanitarian response.
(2013, February 19). Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Washington DC, USA.

Acceptable adherence and treatment outcomes among refugees and host community on antiretroviral therapy in an urban refugee setting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (THPDD0103)
(2012, July 26). XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington DC, USA.

Adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy and virologic outcomes in conflict-affected and forcibly displaced populations: a systematic review (THPDE0205)
(2012, July 26). XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington DC, USA.

Poor treatment outcomes among both refugees and host community accessing antiretroviral therapy from Kakuma refugee camp in Northwestern Kenya (THPDD0102)
(2012, July 26). XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington DC, USA.

Professional Contributions and Service

Intellectual Property

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

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
  • International AIDS Society
  • International Civilian Response Corps

Professional Service

Associate Editor, Conflict and Health