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Visiting Scholar profile

Arriving from Barcelona, Spain April, Dr. Juan Leyva-Moral is the most recent visiting scholar to study at the TWU Houston campus.

With the help of Associate Nursing Professor, Dr. Joan E. Edwards, Dr. Leyva-Moral is studying Latina Women Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (LWHIV) in the Houston area and how this affects their reproductive decisions, and more specifically to identify the barriers LWHIV face when planning to have a baby or when they are pregnant.

Dr. Leyva-Moral added: “We plan to have the final results by next summer 2017 and we believe the results will help nurses to develop and implement specific interventions to help LWHIV make informed decisions about reproduction.”

Another study they are conducting focuses on providing evidence to understand and explain how reproductive decisions of LWHIV have changed since the beginning of awareness of HIV until now. Researching literature on the topic going back to the 90s, Dr. Leyva-Moral has completed extensive research and is hopeful to publish in the near future.

While talking about his time as a visiting scholar at TWU Houston, Dr. Leyva-Moral had high praises for the university: “The resources available on the campus, for both students and faculty, are great. As you may know, the actual economic situation of Spain is not in its golden days; this means faculty members have to be creative enough to implement efficient teaching strategies that motivate students and help them to learn with little resources.”

He added: “My stay at TWU will have an important impact in my career. And what is best is that it has just started… I hope to be back soon.” Dr. Leyva-Moral is set to conclude his stay at TWU Houston at the end of this month.

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