Dr. Lara Stepleman is an associate professor and the Director of HIV and MS Psychological Services. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Counseling Psychology. Within the Psychology Residency, she is the director for the Medical Psychology-HIV emphasis track. She also teaches seminars in group therapy and behavioral medicine to psychiatry residents, offers an HIV psychology elective to advanced medical students, and serves as a mentor for medical student summer research. Her research interests relate to adaptation to chronic medical illness, especially mental health and sexual functioning concerns. Dr. Stepleman is a member of the American Psychological Association and serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals.