Dr. Jesus Felizzola, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.
Dr. Jesus Felizzola is a Research Professor at George Washington University, Department of Psychology and he has more than 25 years of experience in HIV/AIDS and substance abuse research, workforce development, medical education, and cultural competency in the United States. Dr. Felizzola has served as Principal Investigator of three HRSA/HAB-funded Special Projects of National Significance research initiatives conducted in the Washington, D.C and Miami-Dade County areas. He has served as Associate Director of two NIH-NIDA-funded R24 projects conducted at Howard University, College of Medicine and Florida International University, School of Social Work. Dr. Felizzola has also worked as Senior Director of Research and Evaluation and Project Director of the AIDS Education and Training Center, National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities at HealthHIV in Washington, DC.
During his tenure at Howard University Dr. Felizzola was the Director of two NIDA-funded randomized clinical trials in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He also served as Associate Director of the NIH-funded Research Program in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Drug Abuse and AIDS, Project Director of the Minority Institutions Drug Abuse Research Development Program, and Cultural Competency Manager for Howard’s National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center.
Dr. Felizzola accumulates a vast acumen in addiction medicine science inasmuch he serves as Medical Science and Treatment Advisor at Indivior, PLC, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the research and development of medications for the treatment of the disease of addiction and its comorbid conditions. In this role, Dr. Felizzola provides scientific advice and treatment education to healthcare providers and serves as medical affairs liaison to the community of substance abuse treatment providers for the New England region and the state of New York.
Dr. Felizzola served as Training Advisory Committee member and chair of the Minority Fellowship Program run by the American Psychological Association. He has consulted numerous community-based healthcare organizations in the capacity of Lead Evaluator of SAMHSA- funded projects, Principal Investigator of the Latino REACH Project -an AIDS United-funded assessment of HIV/AIDS needs and advocacy efforts in nine states of the South U.S.-, and Coordinator of the North Carolina Statewide Latino HIV/AIDS Initiative.
Dr. Felizzola’s research interests focus on workforce and medical education in the areas of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse for vulnerable Latino populations, system-level factors impacting engagement and retention in medical and behavioral care, health systems factors associated with quality of care for minorities, and development of research and evaluation capacity in HIV/AIDS and substance abuse community-based treatment settings.
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