Shantrel S Canidate

Shantrel S Canidate, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor; EPI Associate Director For Outreach And Community Partnerships

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Business Phone: (352) 294-5962
Business Email: ssc1987@ufl.edu

About Shantrel S Canidate

Shantrel Canidate, Ph.D., MPH, a social and behavioral epidemiologist and health equity researcher, joins the institute’s leadership team as the EPI Associate Director for Outreach and Community Partnerships. This role is dedicated to nurturing the internal relationships between multiple UF units, identifying opportunities for external partnerships and fostering research collaboration with Southeastern universities.

Canidate is an assistant professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions Department of Epidemiology. In addition, she serves as a faculty member within the social and behavioral science program and the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium. Her research focuses on applying interdisciplinary approaches to identifying, understanding and addressing substance use and HIV-related health disparities among marginalized populations, such as men who have sex with men (MSM). Her work also aims to leverage electronic health records data through artificial intelligence and utilize causal inference approaches to identify biomedical and behavioral interventions that can reduce racial disparities in HIV care among marginalized populations.

As a double gator, Canidate received both her master’s in public health and a doctorate in public health from UF, specializing in social and behavioral sciences. She later completed a two-year T32 postdoctoral fellowship in the department of epidemiology with the UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health. She is currently funded as a principal investigator through the first-ever Health Equity Scholars for Action grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and through a five-year K01 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Furthermore, she is also funded as a co-investigator by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse.

Additional Positions:
Associate Director for Outreach and Community Partnerships
2023 – Current · Emerging Pathogens Institute

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2021
PHC4101 Public Health Concepts
2021-2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2021-2022
PHC6447 Ecology of HIV/Aids in the Rural South
2021
PAS5009 Behav and Commnty Med 2
2021-2024
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2021-2025
PHC6441 Health Disparities in the United States
2023-2025
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2023-2025
PHC7918 Independent Study
2024
PHC6940 Master of Public Health Capstone

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

Publications

2024
Perspectives Among Health Care Providers and People with HIV on the Implementation of Long-Acting Injectable Cabotegravir/Rilpivirine for Antiretroviral Therapy in Florida.
AIDS patient care and STDs. 38(6):275-285 [DOI] 10.1089/apc.2024.0067. [PMID] 38686517.
2024
Psychosocial Distress Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Scoping Review.
Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services. 1-7 [DOI] 10.3928/02793695-20240322-01. [PMID] 38537109.
2023
Applying the social ecological model to explore HIV-related stigma in Florida: A qualitative study.
Stigma and Health. [DOI] 10.1037/sah0000458.
2022
Identification of Social and Racial Disparities in Risk of HIV Infection in Florida using Causal AI Methods.
Proceedings. IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine. 2022:2934-2939 [DOI] 10.1109/bibm55620.2022.9995662. [PMID] 36865610.
2022
Substance Use and Adherence to HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in Studies Enrolling Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Women: A Systematic Review.
AIDS and behavior. 27(7):2131-2162 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-022-03948-3. [PMID] 36538138.
2021
PrEP awareness among people living with HIV in Florida: Florida Cohort study.
AIDS care. 33(4):428-433 [DOI] 10.1080/09540121.2020.1717421. [PMID] 31960703.
2021
The Relationship of Alcohol to ART Adherence Among Black MSM in the U.S.: Is it Any Different Among Black MSM in the South?
AIDS and behavior. 25(Suppl 3):302-313 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-021-03479-3. [PMID] 34741688.
2020
Factors associated with current and severe pain among people living with HIV: results from a statewide sample.
BMC public health. 20(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12889-020-09474-y. [PMID] 32948167.
2020
Recruitment, experience, and retention among women with HIV and hazardous drinking participating in a clinical trial.
BMC public health. 20(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12889-020-09233-z. [PMID] 32718308.
2018
Types and delivery of emotional support to promote linkage and engagement in HIV care.
Patient preference and adherence. 12:45-52 [DOI] 10.2147/PPA.S145698. [PMID] 29343948.
2017
A Systematic Review of Naltrexone for Attenuating Alcohol Consumption in Women with Alcohol Use Disorders.
Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research. 41(3):466-472 [DOI] 10.1111/acer.13313. [PMID] 28247556.
2017
The Use of Avatar Counseling for HIV/AIDS Health Education: The Examination of Self-Identity in Avatar Preferences.
Journal of medical Internet research. 19(12) [DOI] 10.2196/jmir.6740. [PMID] 29196281.
2016
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use for HIV Management in the State of Florida: Medical Monitoring Project.
Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). 22(11):880-886 [PMID] 27631385.

Grants

Jun 2023 ACTIVE
A mixed methods study of syndemic factors associated with social support and viral suppression among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in Florida
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA
Apr 2023 ACTIVE
Artificial Intelligence and Counterfactually Actionable Responses to End HIV (AICARE-HIV)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID
Aug 2022 ACTIVE
Interest, Preference, and Uptake of Long-Acting ART among PLWH in Florida
Role: Other
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA
Dec 2021 ACTIVE
Examining hypothesized relationships of syndemic and social network factors with HIV care continuum outcomes for Black men who have sex with men
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

Education

T32 Postdoctoral Fellow – UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health (NIDA)
2018-2020 · University of Florida
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health – Social and Behavioral Sciences
2013-2017 · University of Florida
Master of Public Health – Social and Behavioral Sciences
2010-2012 · University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
2008-2010 · University of Central Florida
Associate of Arts
2006-2008 · Daytona State College

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5962
Emails:
Business:
ssc1987@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100231
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610