Case Studies in Mental Health Screening and Team Care for People Living with HIV 1

Case Studies in Mental Health Screening and Team Care for People Living with HIV

Release Date: November 28, 2022
Expiration Date: November 28, 2023
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.0 hour

Support for this activity has been made possible through educational grants from Gilead Sciences, Merck, Theratechnologies, and ViiV Healthcare.

Activity Description

Behavioral health and mental health issues are overrepresented in people living with HIV.  These issues can negatively impact such important issues as initiating treatment, engagement and retention in care, and medication adherence.  The consequences of less-than-optimal treatment of HIV leads to increased risk of HIV transmission, increased rates of infection, disease progression, poor health outcomes, and increased mortality.  Research indicates that integrating mental health screening and brief interventions can have a positive impact on patient outcomes. 

Using a combination of didactic presentation and case vignettes, this free interactive CME/CNE-certified webinar will focus on the importance of mental health screening and how the care team can better meet the behavioral and mental health needs for people living with HIV.

Learning Objectives

After participating in the activity, learners should be better able to:
  • Identify three reasons why addressing mental health problems is important for HIV care.
  • Describe the psychological/behavioral effects of HIV Stigma.
  • Identify three behavioral/mental health interventions that support engagement in care, and adherence to ART.
  • Discuss strategies the care team can implement to address behavioral health screening, clinic-based interventions, and referral to specialty mental health

Activity Faculty


Bryce Carter, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Infectious Disease Clinics
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Hospital




Sophia Hussen, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health
Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine
Emory University


Faculty Bios

Bryce Carter, PhD, received his PhD from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. Following graduation Bryce completed internships with the San Francisco Department of Public Health working with severe mental illness at the Mission Crisis Center and later with mentally ill youth at the Youth Guidance Center. For over 10 years he was in private practice while also serving as a psychotherapist for the San Francisco Community Mental Health. Bryce moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to become the clinical director at Drexel University Medical School Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and it was there that he began his work as a Behavioral Health Consultant specializing in working with patients with HIV and AIDS. Bryce provided clinical supervision for Behavioral Health Consultants at six Infectious Disease clinics in Philadelphia. In 2016 Bryce joined the Infectious Disease clinics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, providing behavioral health consultation services in both clinics.

Sophia Hussen, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has secondary appointments in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at Emory University School of Medicine, and at Grady Memorial Hospital and Grady Infectious Disease Program. A physician and sociobehavioral researcher, her interests focus on HIV among adolescents and young adults. In particular, she has conducted research focused on young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, with the goal of improving HIV care outcomes and general well-being in this population. Other areas of interest include mental health service utilization, qualitative research methods, and HIV- and mental health-related work with Ethiopian communities. Dr. Hussen obtained a Medical Degree from University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Public Health from University of Michigan.

Accreditation and Credit Designation


In support of improving patient care, American Academy of CME, Inc. is Jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners and Nurses

American Academy of CME, Inc., designates this educational activity for 1.0 ANCC contact hours.(0.0 Pharmacotherapeutic Contact Hours)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16993 for 1.0 contact hours.

Physician Assistants

American Academy of CME, Inc. has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until November 28, 2023. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Other members of the care team will receive a certificate of participation.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of the HIV care team, including physicians (both specialists and primary care/family medicine), nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists who are in practice but are newer to HIV medicine or who are in training. Other healthcare providers may also participate.


According to the disclosure policy of the Academy, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relationships with any ineligible company(ies). The existence of these relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the activity. Clinical content has been reviewed for fair balance and scientific objectivity, and all of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Disclosure of relevant financial relationships are as follows:

Faculty Educator

Bryce Carter, PhD: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Sophia Hussen, MD, MPH: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

John JD Juchniewicz, MCIS, CHCP, FACEHP; Natalie Kirkwood, RN, BSN, JD; Edward Moylan RP; Daiquiri Y. Robinson: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This activity will not review off-label or investigational information.

The opinions expressed in this accredited continuing education activity are those of the faculty, and do not represent those of the Academy or its ACTHIV Institute. This educational activity is intended as a supplement to existing knowledge, published information, and practice guidelines. Learners should appraise the information presented critically, and draw conclusions only after careful consideration of all available scientific information.

Instructions on How to Receive Credit

There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CME/CE credit for your participation, please complete the post-assessment and program evaluation. Your certificate will be available for printing immediately.

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