Columbia University and The New York State Psychiatric Institute
NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program on Behavioral Sciences Training in HIV Infection, 2020

The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, 2016
Dissertation Title: How Interactive Writing Media Influenced the Way First-Year Students Made Sense of their College Transition
Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate

The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
M.A., Developmental Psychology, 2013
Thesis Title: How a Career Simulation Influenced Middle School Students’ Writing

Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY
M.S. Ed., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2007
Thesis Title: English Only Versus Bilingual Education: Novice Bronx Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
B.A., Creative Writing and History, 2004

Teaching & Appointments

2020-Present Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), Columbia University

2020-Present Research Scientist IV, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene,  NY State Psychiatric Inst.

2019 Lecturer, Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

2017 Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

2014 Baruch College Writing Fellow

2011-14 Hunter College Graduate Teaching Fellow

Research Grants

Title: Using Mobile Technology to Prevent HIV and Related Youth Health Problems: Sexual Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use in Southwest Uganda (Youth Health SMS) 07/01/20-6/30/25 K01MH122319 (PI Kreniske)

Title: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic OCoping and behavioral Health among young adults affected by HIV (EPOCH-HIV) 4/1/2022- 3/31/2024 R21MH130268 (PI Kreniske)

Title: Structural and Social Transitions Among Adolescents in Rakai (SSTAR) 09/15/17-07/31/22 R01HD091003 (PI Santelli: CO-I Kreniske)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kreniske, P., Morrison, C., Holmes-Spencer, B.,* Dolezal, C., Shea, E., Fisher, P. W., Kluisza, L., Robbins, R. N., Nguyen, Wiznia, A., Abrams, E.J., Mellins, C. A. (2022) HIV and suicide risk across adolescence and young adulthood: An examination of sociodemographic, contextual, and psychosocial risk factors for attempted suicide in a longitudinal cohort of aging adolescents affected by HIV Living in the New York City Area. Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS), 25: e25984.

co-Kreniske, P., co-Nalugoda, F., Rui, H., Chen, I., Wei, Y., Chang, L. W., Ssekubugu, R., G., Lutalo, T., Kigozi, G., Nakawooya, H., Kagaayi, J., Sewankambo, N., Grabowski, M. K., Gray, R., Wawer, M. Serwadda, S., Santelli, J. S. (2022) Mobile phones, sexual behaviors and HIV incidence in Rakai, Uganda from 2010-2018. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS). PMID: 34974468

Basmajian, A.*, Kreniske, P., Moore, E. V., Spindler, E., Nalugoda, F., Nakyanjo, N., Ddaaki, W., Santelli, J. S., & Hirsch, J. S. (2022) Gendered access to digital capital and mobile phone ownership among young people in Rakai, Uganda. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 0(0), 1–16.

Topitzer, M.*, Kou, Y.,* Kasumba, R., & Kreniske, P. (2022). How differing audiences are associated with users’ emotional expression on a well-being app. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies (2) p.1-6.

Kreniske, P., Mellins, C. A., Shea, E., Walsh, K., Wall, M., Santelli, J. S., Reardon, R., Khan, S., Hwei, T., Hirsch, J. (2022). Associations between low-household income and first-generation status with college student belonging, mental health, and well-being. Emerging Adulthood.

Kreniske, P., Mellins, C. A., Dolezal, C., Morrison, C., Shea, E., Fisher, P. W., Kluisza, L., Robbins, R. N., Nguyen, N. Leu, C., Wiznia, A., Abrams, E.J. (2021). Predictors of attempted suicide among youth living with perinatal HIV infection and perinatal HIV exposed uninfected counterparts. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS). PMID: 34406984

Kreniske, P., Basmajian, A.*, Nakayanjo, N., Dadaaki, W., Isabirye, D., Ssekyewa, C., Nakubulwa, R., Hirsch,J., Nalugoda, F. Chang, L. W., & Santelli, J. S. (2021). The promise and peril of mobile phones for youth in rural Uganda: A multi-method study of implications for health and HIV. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). 23(2). PMID33528375

Bhana, A., Kreniske, P., Pather, A., Abas, M., Mellins, C. A. (2021). Interventions to address the mental health of adolescents and young adults living with or affected by HIV: State of the evidence. Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS). PMID: 34164939

Santelli, J. S., Nabukalu, D., Lutalo, T., Spindler, E., Chang, L. W., Grabowski, M. K., Grilo, S., Kreniske, P., Wei, Y., Nalugoda, F., Hoffman, S., Maru, M., Chu, S., Ssewamala, F., Byansi, W., Kagaayi, J., Wawer, M., Gray, R., Serwadda, D., Makumbi, F. (2021). The Impact of HIV Combination Prevention on Declining Orphanhood among Adolescents, Rakai, Uganda, 2001-2018. The Lancet HIV.

Diaz, M., Cheng, S., Goodlad, K., Sears, J., Kreniske, P., & Satyanarayana, A. (2021). Turning Collective Digital Stories of the First-year Transition to College into a Web of Belonging. American Journal of Qualitative Research, 5(1), 67-84.

co-Nalugoda, F., co-Kreniske, P., Hofer, S.*, Zhong, X., Wei, Y., Grilo, S., Chen, I., Kigozi, S., Kigozi, G., Lutalo, T., Ssekubugu, R., Nakawooya, H., Kagaayi, J., Chang, L. W., Wawer, M. J., Gray, R., Santelli, J. S. (2021). Cell phones, sexual behaviors and HIV prevalence in Rakai, Uganda. AIDS & Behavior24(5):1574-1584. PMC7241097

Kreniske, P., Mellins, C.A., Dolezal, K., Korich, R., Leu, C., Wiznia, A., & Abrams, E. (2019). Sounding the Alarm: Perinatally HIV Infected Youth More Likely to Attempt Suicide than their Uninfected Cohort Peers. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Kreniske, P., Grilo, S., Nakayanjo, N., Wolfe, J., Santelli, J. S. Narrating the transition to adulthood for youth in Uganda: Leaving school, mobility, risky occupations and HIV. Health Education & Behavior.

Kreniske P., Norcini Pala, A., Milman, R., Sanchez, C. (2019). Expressive innovation: How first-year college students introduced emoticons to the curriculum, 49, Cognitive Development.

Kreniske, P., Goodlad, K., Sears, J., Chang, S. (2018). Our stories of becoming a college student: An interdisciplinary reflective writing project for first year students.Teaching tips, Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Kreniske, P. (2017). How first-year students expressed their transition to college experiences differently in two writing contexts. Computers and Composition.

Kreniske, P. & Todorova, R. (2017). Using blogs to engage first-generation college students. In R. Obeid, A. Schwartz, C. Shane-Simpson, & P. Brooks (Eds.) How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Student-Centered Teaching.

Kreniske, P. (2017). Developing a culture of commenting in a first-year seminar. Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 724-732.

Daiute, C. & Kreniske, P. (2016). Hopes, misunderstandings and possibilities of narrating for inclusive education. In Surian, A. (Ed.), Proceedings of openspaces for interaction and learning diversities. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Kreniske, P. (2014). How the San of southern Africa used digital media as educational and political tools. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 6.

Brooks, P. J. Dow, E. A. A.,  Jović, S., Kreniske, P., Panjwani, A., Sawyer, J., Schwartz, A. M., Shane-Simpson, C., Yannaco, F. D., & Ozlem Yuksel-Sokmen, P. O. (2014). Useful books and web sites for developing pedagogy in the teaching of psychology. In . J. N. Busler, B. C. Beins & W. Buskits (Eds.), Preparing the new psychology professoriate: Helping graduate students become competent teachers (2nd ed.) [E-Reader version, if applicable] (pp. 258-275).

Dicker, R., Mah, J., Lopez, D., Tran, C. Reidy, R., Moore, M., Kreniske, P., Crane, I., Knudson, M. M., Li, Moon, Menza, R. Shuway, M., Alvidrez, J. (2011). Screening for mental illlness in a trauma center: Rooting out a risk factor for unintentional injury. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care, 70(6), pp 1337-1344.

K-12 Credentials and Certifications

California Clear Single Subject Credential: English
California Clear Crosscultural Certificate:Language, and Academic Development
New York State Professional Certificate: English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12
New York State Professional Certificate: English Language Arts 7-12

Full Cv available upon request