Christina S. Meade

Christina S. Meade

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

External Address: 
905 W. Main Street, Suite 24-E, Durham, NC 27701
Internal Office Address: 
905 W. Main Street, Box 102848, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Meade’s domestic research program focuses on predictors of HIV risk behavior in adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders, and the relationship between neuropsychiatric conditions and continued risk behavior in HIV-positive adults. She is particularly interested in how drug addiction and HIV infection impact executive functions, such as decision making, that lead individuals to engage in risky behaviors. Many of her current projects incorporate MRI to isolate the effects of addiction and HIV on both brain function and structure. Dr. Meade is also interested in the development of evidence-based treatments to improve cognitive functioning and reduce risk behaviors among drug users.

Given that most people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Meade’s international research program is based in South Africa. The Western Cape has experienced a dramatic increase in methamphetamine use since the early 2000s, and there is concern that it may further fuel the HIV epidemic in this country. Current projects focus on characterizing drug addiction and HIV risk behaviors in this understudied group, both in in community and treatment settings, and ultimately increasing uptake of HIV services to improve health outcomes and reduce the continued spread of HIV.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 2006

Hatch-Maillette, Mary A., et al. “Heterosexual Anal Sex Among Men and Women in Substance Abuse Treatment: Secondary Analysis of Two Gender-Specific HIV-Prevention Trials.J Sex Res, vol. 54, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 33–41. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/00224499.2015.1118426. Full Text

Watt, Melissa H., et al. “Intimate partner violence among men and women who use methamphetamine: A mixed-methods study in South Africa.Drug Alcohol Rev, vol. 36, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 97–106. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/dar.12420. Full Text

Yechoor, Nirupama, et al. “Utility of a brief computerized battery to assess HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment in a resource-limited setting.J Neurovirol, vol. 22, no. 6, Dec. 2016, pp. 808–15. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s13365-016-0456-1. Full Text

Meade, Christina S., et al. “HIV Risk Behavior Among Methamphetamine Users Entering Substance Abuse Treatment in Cape Town, South Africa.Aids Behav, vol. 20, no. 10, Oct. 2016, pp. 2387–97. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10461-016-1333-x. Full Text

Gouse, Hetta, et al. “HIV testing and sero-prevalence among methamphetamine users seeking substance abuse treatment in Cape Town.Drug Alcohol Rev, vol. 35, no. 5, Sept. 2016, pp. 580–83. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/dar.12371. Full Text

Meade, Christina S., et al. “Compensatory activation in fronto-parietal cortices among HIV-infected persons during a monetary decision-making task.Hum Brain Mapp, vol. 37, no. 7, July 2016, pp. 2455–67. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/hbm.23185. Full Text

Watt, Melissa H., et al. “"Nothing Is Free": A Qualitative Study of Sex Trading Among Methamphetamine Users in Cape Town, South Africa.Arch Sex Behav, vol. 45, no. 4, May 2016, pp. 923–33. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0418-8. Full Text

Hobkirk, Andréa L., et al. “A qualitative study of methamphetamine initiation in Cape Town, South Africa.Int J Drug Policy, vol. 30, Apr. 2016, pp. 99–106. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.10.006. Full Text

Skalski, Linda M., et al. “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Memory in HIV-Infected Patients: A Comprehensive Review of the HIV and Marijuana Literatures.Curr Drug Abuse Rev, vol. 9, no. 2, 2016, pp. 126–41. Pubmed, doi:10.2174/1874473709666160502124503. Full Text

Towe, Sheri L., et al. “Adaptation of the Monetary Choice Questionnaire to accommodate extreme monetary discounting in cocaine users.Psychol Addict Behav, vol. 29, no. 4, Dec. 2015, pp. 1048–55. Pubmed, doi:10.1037/adb0000101. Full Text