Michèle Jean-Gilles

Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


HIV/AIDS Primary and Secondary Prevention


Dr. Michèle Jean-Gilles’ clinical and research interests include primary and secondary prevention of HIV, the reduction of other health disparities affecting underserved populations, and cross cultural psychology. She has expertise in conducting group and family interventions for HIV/AIDS infected and affected individuals and has published in this area. She also specializes in family psychology – with an emphasis on the acculturation process in Haitian American families and biculturalism in second generation individuals.

Since the 1990s, Dr. Jean-Gilles has conducted HIV intervention research in the U.S. and internationally, with a variety of populations that include minority men and women, adolescents, alcohol and drug users, female prisoners, men who have sex with men and other vulnerable populations in countries including Haiti, Trinidad, and South Africa. Specifically, her work has focused on translation – the transfer of evidence-based findings into public health practice and meaningful health outcomes for new populations. Dr. Jean-Gilles and her colleagues utilize and test theories of behavioral change in the adapted interventions and have shown that risk reduction outcomes can be significantly enhanced in diverse target populations.

Dr. Jean-Gilles is currently an investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies designed to evaluate and treat depression, reduce alcohol abuse and improve medication adherence among HIV+ adolescents and adults in South Florida and the Caribbean. She served as a Health Disparities Scholar for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities and is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in pediatric psychology and post-doctoral training in cognitive behavioral therapy.


  • University of Miami, Ph.D.
  • New York University, BA

Publications/Research (last 5 years)

McMahon, R.C., Stanforth, E.T., Dévieux, J.G., & Jean-Gilles, M. (2016). HIV risk behavior and psychopathology among adolescents in court-ordered treatment. The American Journal   of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 42(2), 187-195. doi:10.3109/00952990.2015.1132719 Impact factor: 1.828.

Dévieux, JG, Jean-Gilles, M, Beck-Sague, C, Attonito, J, Rosenberg, R, & Stein, J. (2015). Depression, Abuse, Relationship Power and Condom Use by Pregnant and Post-partum Women with Substance Abuse History.  AIDS and Behavior. DOI 10.1007/s10461-015-1176-x PMID: 26319131 Impact factor: 3.728.

Dévieux, JG, Saxena, A., Rosenberg, R., Klausner, J., Jean-Gilles, M., Madhivanan, P.,Gaston, S., Rubens, M., Théodore, H., Deschamps, M.M., Koenig, S.P., Pape, J.W. (2015). Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Beliefs about Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) among a Sample of Health Care Providers in Haiti.  PLoS-One 10(8): e0134667. doi:10.1371. PMCID: PMC4523202   Impact factor: 3.234.

Cyrus, E., Gollub, E.L., Jean-Gilles, M., Neptune, S., Pelletier, V., Dévieux, J., (2015). An exploratory study of acculturation and reproductive health among Haitian and Haitian-American women in Little Haiti, South Florida.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI 10.1007/s10903-015-0235-8. Impact factor: 1.264

Gollub EL, Cyrus-Cameron E, Dévieux J, Jean-Gilles M, Neptune S, Pelletier V, Michel H, Sévère M, Pierre L. (2015).  ‘Men Don’t Need to Know Everything’: a field trial of a discreet, female-initiated, contraceptive barrier method (FemCapTM) among Haitian American women. Culture, Health and Sexuality. DOI:10.1080/13691058.2015.1005672.  PMID: 25703101. Impact factor: 1.634

Dévieux J.G., Jean-Gilles, M., Frankel, A., Attonito, J., Saxena, A., Rosenberg, R. (2015). Predictors of Sexual Activity in Haitian-American Adolescents. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, DOI:10.1007/s10903-014-0148-y. PMID: 25491443. Impact factor:1.264

Conserve, D.F., King, G., Dévieux, J.G., Jean-Gilles, M., Malow, R. (2014). Determinants of HIV serostatus disclosure to sexual partner among HIV-Positive alcohol users in Haiti. AIDS and Behavior. E-pub ahead of print, January 3, 2014, DOI 10.1007/s10461-013-0685-8. PMID: 24385230. Impact factor: 3.312.

Dévieux, J.G., Malow, R.M., Attonito, J.,  Jean-Gilles, M., Rosenberg, R., Gaston, S., Saint-Jean, G., Deschamps, M. (2013). Post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology and alcohol use among HIV-seropositive adults in Haiti. AIDS Care, 25(10): 1210-8. PMID: 23373569. Impact factor: 2.194.

Malow, R.M., Dévieux, J.G., Stein, J.A., Rosenberg, R., Jean-Gilles, M., Attonito, J., Koenig, S.P., Raviola, G., Sévère, P., Pape, J.W. (2013) Depression, Substance Abuse and Other Contextual Predictors of Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Among Haitians. AIDS and Behavior,. 17(4): 1221-30. PMID: 23338563. Impact factor: 3.312

McMahon, R. C., Bryant, V. E., Dévieux, J. G., Jean-Gilles, M., Rosenberg, R., & Malow, R. M. (2012). Haitian adolescent personality clusters and their problem area correlates. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 15(2): 448-52. PMID: 22362195. Impact factor: 1.264.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography