Kristen Regenauer is a doctoral student in the University of Maryland Clinical Psychology Program, working with Dr. Jessica Magidson in the Global Mental Health and Addiction lab. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College in 2017. After graduating from college, Kristen spent two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Here, she worked on several behavioral intervention studies around HIV prevention and care in South Africa, India, and Zimbabwe, and was a research assistant for the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research BioBehavioral and Community Science Core. Since joining the University of Maryland, most of Kristen's research has occurred in resource-limited areas in the Western Cape, South Africa. She has been heavily involved in running a peer-delivered behavioral intervention study to increase adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and decrease substance use among people living with HIV and substance use; a study training community health workers to decrease stigma towards patients living with HIV and depression or substance use; and a study integrating a peer recovery coach into HIV care to help re-engage patients living with HIV back into care. Kristen's research interests include adapting behavioral interventions for stigmatized populations (e.g., people who use substances, people living with HIV) in resource-limited settings, substance use stigma, and studying how people with lived substance use experience (i.e., peers) may help reduce substance use stigma. 

Areas of Interest

  • Stigma
  • Substance Use
  • HIV
  • Global Mental Health
  • Resource Limited Settings
  • Peer Recovery Coaches
  • Implementation Science
  • Clinical Psychology


  • BA
    Psychology, Middlebury College
  • MS
    Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland


  • 2022-06-01
    Dean's Research Initiative | College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland
  • 2022-04-01
    George M. Philips Public Service Initiative Award | 2022 - 2023 Academic Year | University of Maryland
  • 2022-03-01
    Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant | 2021 - 2022 | Graduate School, University of Maryland
  • 2020-04-01
    Honorable Mention | National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • 2019-12-01
    Advanced Training in Methodology and Statistics Award | Department of Psychology, University of Maryland
  • 2019-04-01
    Honorable Mention | National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program


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2103 Cole Field House
Department of Psychology
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