Simone Skeen joined CHEST in March 2019 to serve as site coordinator and interventionist across a number of studies, primarily in digital- and mobile technology–based risk reduction interventions tailored toward trans and gender-nonconforming young people.
Prior to joining CHEST, Simone served in a research capacity in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Children, Youth and Families, where her work focused on qualitative inquiries into suicidality, self-harm, and sustainable avenues of outreach among NYC teenagers; and Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, investigating barriers and facilitators to affirming healthcare access among women who have sex with women in NYC. Following her clinical fieldwork at the NYS AIDS Institute–funded Gender Identity Project, she was appointed a consultant on LGBTQ behavioral health to NYC’s Deputy Commissioner of Mental Hygiene. In that role, she led a citywide service audit, culturally responsive local strategic planning, and intra-divisional capacity-building.
Simone was a merit scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Department of Psychology. Her graduate lab work and master’s thesis, which was presented at the 29th annual Association for Psychological Science annual conference, examined stigmatization and societal perceptions of survivors of sexual violence. She is from Baltimore, Maryland.
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