The Program for the Study of LGBT Health:

Our Coordinators


Renato Barucco, MS

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Renato is the Coordinator of the Program for the Study of LGBT Health in the, Division of Gender, Sexuality, & Health, NYS Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University Department of Psychiatry with the Columbia University School of Nursing. He is a master's-level psychologist and public health advocate.

Renato has extensive experience implementing and managing LGBT health programs, particularly transgender health programs, in underserved New York City neighborhoods. His expertise includes development of HIV/AIDS education and cultural competency training curricula.

Renato has presented at national and international conferences including The International Conference on AIDS and The National Transgender Health Summit. He has authored articles about sexual health for The Advocate, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. He was the recipient of the 2013 George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader award.

P. 646-774-6977

Will Mellman, PhD, MSW


Will Mellman, PhD, M.S.W. is the Coordinator of Project AFFIRM. He completed his doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. He is primarily interested in studying the social factors that influence the health practices and outcomes of transgender individuals. His dissertation focused on the dating and relationship experiences of transgender men and their cisgender partners with a particular focus on how transgender men learn about and navigate romantic relationships in the context of identity development and affirmation. Prior to attending Columbia, Will completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a clinical therapist for children in various community behavioral health clinics in Philadelphia as well as a patient advocate and clinical case manager for perinatally infected children with HIV at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).


P. 646-774-6962


Selected publications

Christopoulos, K., Olender, S., Lopez, A., Mellman, W. Jaiswal, J., Geng, E., and Koester, K. “Reasons for Lack of ART Usage Among Well-Engaged, ART-Eligible Clinic Patients” presented at the 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, Miami, Fl., June 2013.

Molleston, J., Mellman, W., et al. (2013) “Autoantibodies and autoimmune disease during treatment of children with chronic hepatitis C.” J Pediatr Gastroenterol and Nutr, 56(3):304-10

Erlichman, J., Mellman, W., & Haber, B. (2010). Primary Care of Children with Viral Hepatitis: Diagnosis, Management, and General Maintenance. In M. Jonas (ed.), Viral Hepatitis in Children: Unique Features and Opportunities. New York: Humana Press.

Tonya Reid, MS

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Tonya is Coordinator of the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health which includes the Program for the Study of LGBT Health and the HIV Center of Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University Medical Center. She works in close collaboration with Dr. Anke A. Ehrhardt (Director) and Dr. Walter Bockting in coordinating programming for the Program for the Study of LGBT Health and is also the Coordinator for the HIV Center’s Development Core.

Tonya received her Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, specializing in clinical work with multigenerational families. Prior to completing her degree, she contributed to public health research both at Columbia University for the Evaluation of Disease Management Programs and at the University of Connecticut Center for Public Health and Health Policy.

P. 646-774-6937