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The Black HIV Researchers Directory is a newly launched online resource where Black researchers can elevate their visibility, expertise, and desire to serve Black communities, while Black-led community organizations can easily connect with researchers to bolster their work. The Directory offers an easy and streamlined way for anyone in need of the expertise, knowledge, and cutting-edge research that can push our collective work forward and end the HIV epidemic for Black people.

The Directory is free to use and only requires a few minutes for researchers to sign up, create a profile, and get connected. The Directory offers users multiple pathways for connection and collaboration – Black researchers can connect with other Black researchers and Black-led community organizations can find researchers that align with their interests and needs. Additionally, researchers with varying backgrounds and experience can achieve visibility that can be challenging to gain with more organic opportunities.

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NOTE: Registration is required in order to submit an entry into the Black HIV Researchers’ Directory. Profiles will appear in the directory once they are approved by UWR. Read the instructions below or Click Here to view the video tutorial.

Registration and Update Instructions

  1. Click on the New Registration button and enter the required fields to create an account.
  2. Check your e-mail for a message from United We Rise to set your password. If the message did not reach your inbox, check the spam/junk folder and mark the message as “not spam”.
  3. Click on the link or copy and paste the link provided in the e-mail into a web browser and set your password.
  4. Login to the directory. After logging in you will be taken to your profile page.
  5. In the left sidebar menu, click on the Your Directory Entry link and fill out the necessary fields and categories. To ensure that your profile will be approved please fill out the following required fields: Name, Email, Title, Organization, Image or Logo (select one), Categories, and Biographical Info.
  6. Click on the Add Entry blue button in the right sidebar.
  7. The Logout link is located in the top right corner under your profile user name.
  1. Click on the Update My Profile button and login to the dashboard.
  2. Click on the Your Directory Entry link located in the left sidebar.
  3. Update the necessary information and click the Update button located in the right sidebar.
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Dr. Cristian J Chandler

Assistant Professor of Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical CenterMedicine/Infectious Diseases
Work Phone: 615-936-5260


Cristian Chandler, PhD is a social and behavioral health scientist. His research interests are focused on social justice, health equity and disease prevention among sexual and gender minorities, particularly in communities of color. He has a special interest in community-engaged research and biobehavioral HIV prevention. Previous research studies have included Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and Black transgender women (BTW) using several theories (e.g., Syndemic Theory, Minority Stress Theory, Intersectionality) and their impact on HIV prevention and care outcomes. Currently, his work involves intersectional stigma development and methods to better understand intervention groups within Black sexual minority men (such as men engaged in sex work), understanding the HIV prevention needs of Black transgender women using gender affirmation theory (e.g., HIV testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP] modality preferences), and preparation for long-acting injectable PrEP among Black sexual minority men and Black transwomen in the southeastern United States.