HIV Project-Interventionist and Evaluators

Thomas Desena

Thomas Desena

Thomas DeSena, MA, is a Clinical Interventionist for Dr. Brady’s NIMH funded HIV Prevention Study with the Homeless and Mentally Ill at the Boston Medical Center. His primary responsibilities include delivering the motivational interviewing-based intervention, conducting psychosocial and neuropsychological assessments, as well as data management and manuscript preparation. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky where he studied Psychology and Writing. He continued on to the Boston University School of Medicine where he earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. Thomas has several years of relevant research experience, working in motivational studies in Kentucky, an HIV pilot study in Boston, and organizing logistics and data for several HIV and motivation studies in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Texas. Thomas has experience working as part of multidisciplinary care teams providing individual and group psychotherapy, neuropsychology assessments and psychotherapy, and counseling to families facing multiple challenges. He enjoys working with disadvantaged individuals in an effort to promote health and wellness among a population affected by mental illness.



Kathleen Reid

Kathleen Reid

Kathleen Reid, MA, LMHC is a Clinical Interventionist for Dr. Brady’s NIMH funded HIV Prevention Study with the Homeless and Mentally Ill at the Boston Medical Center. Her primary responsibilities include delivering the motivational interviewing-based intervention, conducting psychosocial and neuropsychological assessments, as well as data management and manuscript preparation. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston where she studied Counseling and Health Psychology. She continued on to the Boston University School of Medicine where she earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. Kathleen is currently licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts. She first gained research experience while working at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine on an NIH funded project investigating exercise and nicotine replacement for female smokers. Kathleen has experience working as part of multidisciplinary care teams providing individual and group psychotherapy, substance abuse counseling, and crisis counseling to adults facing multiple challenges. She enjoys working with disadvantaged individuals in an effort to promote health and wellness among a population affected by mental illness.



Jessica Wolfe

Jessica Wolfe

Jessica Wolfe, MA is a Clinical Interventionist for Dr. Brady’s HIV Prevention Study with the Homeless and Mentally Ill at the Boston Medical Center. Her primary responsibilities include delivering the SBMI intervention, conducting psychosocial and neuropsychological assessments, as well as data management and manuscript preparation.  Jessica graduated with a degree in Biology from Boston College, and continued on to Boston University, where she earned a Master’s degree in General Psychology. Prior to coming to Boston Medical Center, she worked on several smoking cessation studies with both adult and adolescent populations at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI and as a smoking cessation counselor on a population study at the University of Rhode Island.