Dr. Kiyomi Tsuyuki, PhD, MPH is a health behavior scientist who investigates the social and structural determinants of the syndemic overlap of substance use, mental health, violence, and HIV/STI prevention and care. Dr. Tsuyuki’s applies a social justice framework and bio-behavioral approach to understand how chronic stress from socio-structural inequity are linked to health disparities and syndemic outcomes.
Dr. Tsuyuki is the recipient of a US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Career Development Award, which funds SALUD: Syndemic Alcohol Use Disorders, Violence and HIV/STI among Young Latino Men study. SALUD frames social stress and health disparities among Latino men across their life course within the context of discrimination, masculine ideologies, Latino heterogeneity, and sexual minority stigma. Dr. Tsuyuki’s research has also been supported by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the World Bank/Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), and the HIV Prevention Trials Network.