About Us

donna about usProject Director: Donna Smith

Bio: Donna is Faculty and an Academic Professional, in the School of Public Health.  She has worked in the field of HIV epidemiology since 2002, both at Emory and Georgia State University. Donna has a particular interest in qualitative approaches to HIV research, and has managed the qualitative components of numerous domestic and international HIV studies. Currently, she manages the Atlanta activities of the Network Sampling Study, which compares network structure in Atlanta and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in order to identify those networks at highest risk for HIV transmission. Donna teaches ‘Qualitative Methods in Public Health’ for the School of Public Health, and regularly consults with students and faculty interested in utilizing qualitative methods in their research projects. She has over 15 years of teaching experience, having taught Writing/Critical Thinking and Liberal Studies at Emory and Georgia Tech. She received her B.A. in Humanities from U.C. Berkeley, and is A.B.D. in the Ph.D. program within the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, with a focus on regional variations in the histories of sexuality.

Email: donnajsmith@gsu.edu
Phone: (404) 413-1113
Address: 75 Piedmont Suite 348 Atlanta, GA 30303


solomon aboutusSocial Work Facilitator: Solomon E. Stretch, MA, NCC, CAMS, LAPC

Bio: Solomon is a Mental Health Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor with Positive Impact, Inc. where he sees clients who are affected by HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse concerns. Positive Impact was founded in 1993 in response to the HIV care needs of Atlanta’s highly stigmatized and low-income communities by a group of Atlanta area mental health providers who believed that Atlanta needed a community-based agency dedicated to the HIV-related mental health needs of individuals living with HIV and their affected partners, family members, friends and caregivers. Solomon’s passion is in motivation, inspiration, and the transformation experience.

Email: solomonestretch@gmail.com
Phone: (678) 835-7504


marla aboutusGraduate Research Assistant: Marla R. Stewart, MA

Bio: Marla is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Community Research Center in the School of Public Health at GSU and a certified Phlebotomist.  She is a doctoral student at GSU in the Department of Sociology, who specializes in Gender & Sexuality.  Her Master’s thesis focused on alternative sexual communities among people of color where she highlighted sexual liberation movements.  Her current dissertation focuses on black transgender women and how access to resources affects their mental and sexual health.

Email: marla@gsu.edu