Dr. Dodds is an Associate Professor/Research Scholar of Medicine and is supervisor of the Center's research and evaluation team. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and simultaneously held an appointment as Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami.
Dr. Dodds has been the recipient of numerous federally-funded behavioral and health services research studies. These have focused on HIV prevention, behavioral health intervention, and health services integration. For 12 years, she was principal investigator of a mental health provider training program in HIV/AIDS that reached more than 60,000 psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. Internationally, Dr. Dodds has been an investigator on HIV/AIDS studies in India, and was a special consultant on AIDS to the US Ambassador to Haiti. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator of the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program, and typically serves as co-principal investigator, evaluator, or research methodologist on many of the Center's studies.
Dr. Dodds is interested in mind/body approaches to health and behavioral health, mindfulness meditation, psychosocial stress and stress reactivity, and coping and social support. She is a trained psychotherapist and family therapist.