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Victoria Frye

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Victoria Frye

Associate Medical Professor

Harris Hall
Phone Number: 
212 650-6857

Dr. Victoria Frye is an Associate Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine. She arrived at the CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Program in Biomedical Education in late 2015, after serving as the Head of the Laboratory of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the New York Blood Center and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Frye’s research combines epidemiological and social science theories and methods to study the distribution, determinants and health consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, she designs and tests multi-level and multi-component interventions to prevent HIV and violence. Dr. Frye is currently the PI of two NIH-funded studies. The first (R21/AI-122996) assesses barriers to and facilitators of uptake of non-occupational post-exposure HIV prophylaxis (“PEP”) use among Black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women living in upper Manhattan and the Bronx; the goal of the study is to inform the development and evaluation of a social and print media campaign to drive demand for PEP. The second, a randomized, controlled clinical trial (R01/DA-038108), assesses the impact of a behavioral intervention on uptake of consistent HIV self-testing among young, Black MSM and transgender women. Dr. Frye recently completed work on a NIMH-funded study (R21/MH-102182-01) to design and test a community-level anti-HIV stigma and homophobia intervention, Project CHHANGE (“Challenge HIV Stigma and Gain Empowerment”). She is a co-investigator on three additional NIH-funded studies, including another RCT on HIV testing among MSM (1R01/HD-078595-01), an observational mixed methods study examining neighborhoods influence on HIV among MSM (R56/MH-110176), and an RCT of an intervention to increase blood donation among young first-time donors (1R01/HL-127766). In 2006, Dr. Frye received a mentored career development award from NIDA (K01 DA-020774) and her research has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, JAIDS, AIDS and Behavior, AIDS Care, Violence against Women, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Urban Health, where she serves as an Associate Editor. In 2016, she was appointed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, under President Obama, to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Dr.P.H., 2004, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

M.P.H., 1998, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

B.A., 1991, Columbia College, Columbia University


Intimate partner and sexual violence against women

HIV prevention

Neighborhood effects on health

Frye, V., Wilton, L., Hirschfield, S., Chiasson, M.A., Usher, D., Lucy, D., McCrossin, J., Greene, E., Koblin, B. (2015) “Just because it’s out there, people aren’t going to use it.” HIV self-testing among young, Black MSM and Transgender women. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. Vol. 29. No. 11. 619-624.
Koblin, B., Grant, S., Frye, V., Superak, H., Sanchez, B., Dunbar, D., Graham, P., Novak, R., and Frank, I. (2015) HIV risk and syndemics among women in three urban areas in the United States; Results from HVTN 906.  Journal of Urban Health. Vol. 92. No. 3. 572-583.
Frye, V. Egan, J.E., Cerda, M., Greene, E., Tieu, H-V., Ompad, D., Hoover, D. Lucy, D., Baez, E. and Koblin, B. (2015) Sexual orientation and race-based discrimination and sexual HIV risk behavior among Urban MSM. AIDS and Behavior. Vol. 19. No. 2.
Bond, K., Frye, V. Taylor, R., Williams, K., Bonner, S., Cupid, M., Lucy, D. Weiss, L. and Koblin, B. (2015) Knowing is not enough: a qualitative report on HIV testing among heterosexual African-American men.  AIDS Care. Vol. 27. No. 2. 182-188.
Van Sluytman, L., Spikes, P., Nandi, V., Tieu, HV., Frye, V., Patterson, J., and Koblin, K. (2015) Ties that bind: community attachment and the experience of discrimination among Black men who have sex with men. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Vol. 17. No. 7.
Frye, V., Caltabiano, M., Kessler, D.A., Schaffler, H., Reboza, M., Hillyer, C. D., Shaz, B.H.  (2015)  Evaluating a program to increase blood donation among racial and ethnic minority donors in New York City. Transfusion. Vol. 54. No. 12. 3061-3067.
Usher, D., Frye, V., Shinnick, J., Greene, E., Baez, E., Benitez, J., Solomon, L., Shouse, R.L., Sobieszczyk, M.E., Koblin, B.A.  (2015) Recruitment by a Geospatial Networking Application for Research and Practice: The New York City Experience.  JAIDS. Vol. 67. No. 5. e143-e145.
Frye, V., Blaney, S., Cerda, M., Paul, M., Ompad, D., Vlahov, D., and Galea, S.  (2014) Neighborhood characteristics and intimate partner and sexual violence among a street-recruited sample of drug-involved New York City residents.  Violence Against Women. Vol. 20. No. 7. 799-824.
Tieu HV, Nandi V, Frye V, Stewart K, Oquendo H, Bush B, Cerda M, Hoover DR, Ompad D, Koblin BA; NYC M2M Study Team.  (2014) Concurrent partnerships and HIV risk among men who have sex with men in New York City. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Vol. 41. No. 3.
Frye, V., Egan, J.E., Tieu, H-V., Cerda, M., Ompad, D., and Koblin, B.  (2014) “I didn't think I could get out of the fucking park.” Gay men's retrospective accounts of neighborhood space, emerging sexuality and migrations.  Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 104.
Koblin, B., Egan, J.E., Rundle, A., Quinn, J., Tieu, H-V., Cerdá, M., Ompad, D.C., Greene, E., Hoover, D. R., and  Frye, V.  (2013) Methods to measure the impact of home, social, and sexual neighborhoods of urban gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. PLoS ONE. 
Greene, E., Frye, V., Colfax, G., Purcell, D., McKiernan, D. Hudson, S. and Koblin, B. (2013)  Correlates of unprotected sex with women among a national sample of gay men.  AIDS and Behavior. Vol. 17 No. 3. 
Frye, V., Henny, K., Bonner, S., Williams, K., Bond, K., Hoover, D., Lucy, D. Greene, E. and Koblin, B. (2013) “Straight Talk” for African American heterosexual men: Results of a single-arm behavioral intervention trial AIDS Care. Vol. 25 No. 5.
Frye, V., Williams, K., Bond, K., Henny, K., and Koblin, B. (2012) Condom use and concurrent partnering        among heterosexually active, African American men: A qualitative report. Journal of Urban Health. Vol. 90 No. 5.
Frye, V., Bonner, S., Williams, K., Bond, K., Henny, K., Smith, S., Cupid, M., and Koblin, B. (2012)
Straight Talk HIV prevention for African American heterosexual men: Theoretical bases and intervention  design. AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol. 24 No. 5.
Frye, V., Paul, M., Todd, M., and O’Campo, P.  (2012) Informal social control of intimate partner violence against women: Results from a concept mapping study of urban neighborhoods. Journal of Community Psychology. Vol. 40 No. 7.
Mackenzie, S., Pearson, C., Frye, V., Gómez, C.A., Latka, M.H., Purcell, D.W., Knowlton, A.R., Metsch, L.R., Tobin, K.E., Valverde, E.E., Knight, K.R. (2012) Agents of change: Peer mentorship as HIV prevention among HIV-positive injection drug users. Substance Use and Misuse. Vol. 47 No. 5.
Kapadia, F., Frye, V., Bonner, S., Emmanuel, P., Samples, C.L., and Latka, M.  (2012) Perceived peer safer sex norms and sexual risk behaviors among substance using Latino adolescents. AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol. 24 No. 1. 
Tieu, H-V., Spikes, P., Patterson, J., Bonner, S., Egan, J., Goodman, K., Stewart, K. Frye, V., Xu, G., Hoover, D., and Koblin, B. (2012) Sociodemographic and risk behavior characteristics associated with unprotected sex with women among black men who have sex with men and women in New York City. AIDS Care. Vol. 24 No. 9. 

Koblin, B., Nandi, V., Hirshfield, S., Chiasson, MA., Hoover, DR., Wilton, L., Usher, D., Frye, V. (in press) Intervention to match young Black Men and transwomen who have sex with men or transwomen to HIV testing options (All About Me): Protocol for Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Clinical Trials protocols.


Frye, V. Paige, M., Gordon, S., Matthews, D., Musgrave, G., Greene, E., Kornegay, M., Farhat, D., Smith, P., Usher, D., Phelan, J., Koblin, B. and Taylor-Akutagawa, V. (in press) Impact of a Community-level Intervention on HIV Stigma, Homophobia and HIV Testing in New York City: Results from Project CHHANGE. Stigma & Health.


Koblin, B., Nandi, V., Hirshfield, S., Chiasson, MA., Hoover, DR., Wilton, L., Usher, D., Frye, V. (in press) Informing the Development of a Mobile Phone HIV Testing Intervention: Intentions to Use Specific HIV Testing Approaches among Young Black Men who have sex with Men and Transgender Women. Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health and Surveillance.


Frye, V. Paige, M., Gordon, S., Matthews, D., Musgrave, G., Kornegay, M., Greene, E., Phelan, J., Koblin, B. and Taylor-Akutagawa, V., (2017) Project CHHANGE: Formative research and program design of a community-level HIV stigma and homophobia prevention program.  Evaluation and Program Planning. Vol. 63. 45-63.


Delle Donna, M., DeLuca, J., Pleskach, P., Bromson, C., Mosely, M. Perez, E., Matthews, S., Stephenson, R. and Frye, V. (epub 2017) Barriers to and facilitators of help seeking behavior among men who experience sexual violence.  American Journal of Men’s Health.


Cerdá, M., Frye, V., Nandi, V., Rundle A., Quinn J.W., Sheehan D., Hoover D.R., Ompad D.C., Van Tieu H., Greene E., Koblin B. (2017) Neighborhood determinants of mood and anxiety disorders among men who have sex with men in New York City. Social Psychiatry and Social Epidemiology. Vol. 52; 6: 749-760.


Glenn, L., Fidler, L., O’Connor, M., Fry, D., Paz, M., Pollack, T., St. John, C. Haviland, M. and Frye, V. (2017) Project Envision: A retrospective qualitative evaluation of a community mobilization project to engage in primary prevention of sexual violence in New York City. Evaluation and Program Planning. Vol. 66; 165-173.


Farhat, D., Paige, M., Greene, E., Koblin, B., and Frye, V. (2017) Knowledge, Stereotyped Beliefs and Attitudes around HIV Chemoprophylaxis in Two High HIV Prevalence Neighborhoods in New York City. AIDS and Behavior. Vol 21; 5: 1247-1255.


Frye, V. Nandi, V., Egan, J.E., Cerdá, M., Rundle, A., Quinn, J., Sheehan, D., Ompad, D., Tieu, H-V., Greene, E., and Koblin, B. (2017) Associations among neighborhood characteristics and sexual risk behavior among Black and White MSM living in a major urban area. AIDS and Behavior. Volume 21; 3: 870–890


France, C.R., France, J.L., Carlson, B.W., Frye,V., Duffy, L., Kessler, D.A., Rebosa, M., and Shaz, B.H. (2017) Applying self-determination theory to the blood donation context: Blood donor competence, autonomy, and relatedness enhancement (Blood Donor CARE). Contemporary Clinical Trials. Vol. 53; 44-51

Koblin, B., Egan, J.E., Nandi, V., Sang, J.M., Cerdá, M., Tieu, H-V., Ompad, D.C., Hoover, D.R., Frye, V. (2016) Congruence of home, social and sex neighborhoods among men who have sex with men, NYCM2M Study. Journal of Urban Health. Vol. 94; 3: 364-374


Wee, S., Todd, M., Oshiro, M., Greene, E., and Frye, V. (2016) Modifiers of Neighbors' Bystander Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence: A Concept Mapping Study.  Violence and Gender. Vol. 3; No. 1: 55-63


Tieu, H.V., Nandi, V., Hoover, D., Lucy, D., Stewart, K., Frye, V., Cerdá, M., Ompad, D., Latkin, C., Koblin, B.A. (2016) Do sexual networks of men who have sex with men in New York City differ by race/ethnicity? AIDS Patient Care and STDs. Vol. 30. No. 1 39-47 


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