Donna J. Smith
Project Director
(404) 413-1113

Donna Smith has worked in the field of HIV epidemiology since 2002. She has a particular interest in qualitative approaches to HIV research, and has managed the qualitative components of numerous studies. Currently, she manages three HIV-related research studies and teaches ‘Qualitative Methods in Public Health’ for the Institute of Public Health. She is A.B.D. in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, with a focus on regional variations in the histories of sexuality.


Kelvin Parker
Field Coordinator
(404) 831-2744

Kelvin Parker has been in the field of research since 1996, beginning his work at Emory University. He still serves as a consultant for several research projects at Emory University. Kelvin is also a Certified Counselor in anger management and conflict resolution, a certification he received from Georgia State University in 1999. He is also known as a recruiting and retention expert. Kelvin has worked for Georgia State University since 2008 as a research interviewer and recruiter for various projects. Kelvin has been a Field Coordinator forCommunity Connections since 2009 and is also a Field Coordinator for the NIS Project.


Richard Rothenberg, MD, MPH
Professor, Institute of Public Health

Dr. Richard Rothenberg joined Georgia State University’s Institute of Public Health as a Professor in May 2007. He previously worked at Emory University as a Professor of Medicine (1993-2007) and prior to that spent 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the past several decades, he has conducted research that examines the dynamics of transmission of infectious diseases, primarily HIV, STDs, and blood borne illnesses (BBIs) with particular emphasis on the effects of social, sexual, and drug-using networks on transmission. He is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIH/NIDA-sponsored project focused on the geographic aspects of social network interactions. Dr. Rothenberg has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, primarily in the fields of STD, HIV, and epidemiologic methods. In 2002, he received the Parran Award for lifetime contributions to the field of STDs. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Epidemiology.