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Dini Harsono

Assistant Director, Clinical and Health Services Research Core

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Dini Harsono is the Assistant Director of the Clinical and Health Services Research (CHSR) Core and Research Associate at Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). She is responsible for implementing and tracking deliverables of CHSR Core activities and supporting CIRA scientists conducting research on clinical and health services on HIV and comorbidities. Working with CIRA faculty, she co-directs CIRA’s international research initiatives and the International Visiting Fellow Program that supports collaboration between international HIV scholars and Yale faculty.

As a research associate, she has over 15 years' experience of coordinating day-to-day research activities including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, developing grant proposals, and writing research reports and manuscripts. Her research interests include applying mixed-methods research to facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practice and research grounded in the principles of implementation science to improve the delivery and outcomes of HIV prevention, psychosocial, and health services.

Before coming to Yale, Dini was a research associate at Keele University in England supporting research activities focused on addiction and psychiatric disorders. She also worked as a clinical studies officer for the National Health Service coordinating multisite clinical trials part of the UK National Mental Health Research Network. She previously served as a peer educator and researcher at Indonesia’s first AIDS service organization, Yayasan Pelita Ilmu. Dini earned her MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health at University of Leeds, and Bachelor in Psychology at Universitas Indonesia.


  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment among Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    Beirut, Lebanon (2020-2021)
    A conference grant awarded by the Yale MacMillan Center’s Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund to organize a series of symposiums to bring together researchers, practitioners, and all interested communities to discuss current research and identify knowledge gaps related to HIV/AIDS testing, linkage, and retention in care among refugees and displaced populations, including the impact of COVID-19 crisis on service and care delivery.
  • Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with HIV with Tobacco Use: A Mixed-Methods Study
    New Haven, United States (2020-2021)
    A CIRA pilot project that assesses the impact of individual and clinical social distancing on HIV care (HIV viral load, CD4 count, retention in care) and telehealth experiences among older and younger people living with HIV (Aim 1); and to characterize COVID-19 awareness, behaviors, and experiences (Aim 2).
  • Project CIRCLE: CIRA International HIV Research Capacity and Collaboration: An Exploratory Study
    New Haven, United States (2019-2021)
    An assessment of international HIV research capacity and collaboration by engaging CIRA affiliates and their international research partners in a mixed-methods exploratory study.

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