This project is a collaboration between researchers at UNC Chapel Hill and community partners at various organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Community Partners


UNC Chapel Hill Research Team


Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH
Principle Investigator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dr. Tonia  Poteat leads the RISE Lab whose research is centered on HIV and LGBT health disparities, with a particular focus on the health and well-being of transgender communities. RISE is part of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. For more information about the lab and current projects, visit



Nastacia Pereira, MPH
Research Specialist
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers




Darius Scott, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Pronouns: He/Him/His