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Christine Rael

Christine Rael PhD

Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing

Email Address:christine.rael@cuanschutz.edu

Primary Phone:303-724-1812

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Christine Rael completed her PhD at the University of Colorado-Denver in the Health and Behavioral Sciences program and her postdoctoral training at Columbia University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing. Her research focuses on bridging the gap between clinical trials efficacy and real-world effectiveness of HIV prevention products, particularly in transgender women. Currently, she is the PI of a K01 Award focused on understanding behavioral factors that influence use of long-acting biomedical HIV prevention among transgender women in New York City. She aims to improve acceptability, feasibility, and adherence to these products by developing and testing user-centered delivery mechanisms, mHealth adherence interventions, and developing partnerships between transgender end-users and frontline clinicians (e.g., nurses). Dr. Rael is a Columbia Psychiatry Gray Matters Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar (Dominican Republic).

Areas of Expertise

Biobehavioral health, Transgender medicine, Biomedical HIV prevention, mHealth

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • 2006 B.A., University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Majors: International Studies, Spanish
  • 2008 M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Anthropology
  • 2015 Ph.D., University of Colorado-Denver, Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • 2018 Postdoctoral Traineeship, Columbia University, Behavioral Sciences Research Program in HIV Infection (NIMH T32 MH19139)


  • 2021-2022 Columbia University Department of Psychiatry Gray Matters Fellow
  • 2020-2022 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mental Health (NIMH) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award (PI: Rael)
    (1L30 MH124103)
  • 2019-2020 NIH Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) LRP Renewal (PI: Rael) (2L60 MD012092)
  • 2018-2022 NIH NIMH K01 Award (K01 MH115785; PI: Christine Rael)
  • 2017-2019 NIMHD LRP Award (PI: Rael) (1L60 MD012092)
  • 2017-2018 HIV Center at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)/Columbia University internal pilot funds
  • 2017 Microbicide Trials Network Team Innovation Award (Team member; PI: Iván Balán)
  • 2016-2017 HIV Center at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)/Columbia University internal pilot funds
  • 2013 Fulbright Scholar (Dominican Republic)


HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University

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