Triangle Initiative

The Triangle Initiative was first developed in 2006 to explore ways that digital media could be used to advance the intersecting interests of research, education and the community, with the objective of addressing critical, social, and/or cultural needs. Current projects address social justice and health disparities both locally and globally.

The Triangle Initiative has received over one million dollars in support from the University. Additionally, Triangle Initiative projects have received grant funding through faculty partnerships. Triangle Initiative projects must address substantive needs in three areas—-research, education, and social good.

The Triangle Initiative supports engaged scholarship on campus. During Fall 2016, the CTL piloted a series of talks and workshops on engaged scholarship in collaboration with the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

About the Engaged Scholarship workshop series


See featured projects and publications below

Featured Projects



Women Initiating New Goals for Safety (WINGS) is a self-paced screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) tool that seeks to reduce intimate partner violence and improve relationships among women. The original study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) looked at the effect of WINGS among women in community correction settings. WINGS is a collaboration between the Social Intervention Group (SIG) at the Columbia School of Social Work and CTL.

Gilbert, L., Shaw, S. A., Goddard-Eckrich, D., Chang, M., Rowe, J., McCrimmon, T., Almonte, M., Goodwin, S., & Epperson, M. (2015). Project WINGS (Women Initiating New Goals of Safety): a randomized controlled trial of a screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) service to identify and address intimate partner violence victimisation among substance-using women receiving community supervision. Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, 25(4), 314-29. doi: 10.1002/cbm.1979.

Gilbert L, Goddard-Eckrich D, Hunt T, Ma X, Chang M, Rowe J, McCrimmon T, Johnson K, Goodwin S, Almonte M, Shaw SA. (2016 April 14:e1-e9. [Epub ahead of print]). Am J Public Health. Efficacy of a Computerized Intervention on HIV and Intimate Partner Violence Among Substance-Using Women in Community Corrections: A Randomized Controlled Trial. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303119


Masivukeni, which translates to ‘Let’s wake up!’ in the Xhosa language, is a computer-supported curriculum designed to help patients in South Africa stay on their antiretroviral medication. Masivukeni provides lay counselors with an intervention roadmap and scripts that help them communicate to their patients the importance of adherence to treatment plans. In addition, the Masivukeni tool features interactive activities to help patients build their support network, develop problem-solving skills, visualize their pill regimen, and learn how HIV affects the body as viral resistance develops.

Masivukeni is a collaboration between Dr. Robert Remien, a research scientist at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies; researchers at the University of Cape Town; and CCNMTL. It was developed with assistance from counselors, nurses, and volunteers at the Hout Bay clinic outside of Cape Town, South Africa. The project is supported by a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and builds on a 2007 NIMH grant that facilitated developing and piloting Masivukeni. Masivukeni is now being tested in a randomized control trial at two clinics outside Cape Town, South Africa.

J. Rowe, A. Kingon, A. Pearson, C. Mellins, R. Robbins, H. Gouse, J. Joska, M. Henry, R. Remien. (August, 2016) Flexibility and Structure: Using an Innovative Multimedia Platform for Adaptable ART Adherence Counseling, Poster presented at: 21st International AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa.

Robbins, R. N., Mellins, C. A., Leu, C. S., Rowe, J., Warne, P., Abrams, E. J., Witte, S., Stein, D. J., & Remien, R. H. (2015). Enhancing lay counselor capacity to improve patient outcomes with multimedia technology. AIDS and Behavior, 19(Suppl 2), 163-76. doi: 10.1007/s10461-014-0988-4.

Remien, R. H., Mellins, C. A., Robbins, R. N., Kelsey, R., Rowe, J., Warne, P., Chowdhury, J. Lalken, N., Hoppe, L., Abrahams E. J., El-Bassel, N., Witte, S., Stein, D. J. (2013). Masivukeni: Development of a multimedia based antiretroviral therapy adherence intervention for counselors and patients in South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 17(6), 1979-1991. doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0438-8

Rowe, J., Kelsey, R., Stein, D., et al. (2012, July). Enhancing behavioral interventions via multimedia technology: The case of Masivukeni — an ART adherence intervention for resource-limited settings. Poster presented at: 19th International AIDS Conference, Washington, D.C.

Rowe, J., Kelsey, R., Remien, R., et al. (2010, March) Adapting the smart couples adherence intervention for South Africa: Creating an effective multimedia-supported adherence tool for ART lay counselors. Poster presented at: New York HIV Research Centers Consortium 2010 Scienti c Conference, New York, NY.


El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Goddard-Eckrich, D., Chang, M., Wu, E., Hunt, T., Epperson, M., Shaw, S.
A., Rowe, J., Almonte, M., & Witte, S. (2014) Efficacy of a group-based multimedia HIV prevention intervention for drug-involved women under community supervision: Project WORTH. PLoS ONE 9(11), e111528. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111528

Multimedia Connect

Witte, S., Wu, E., El-Bassel, N., Hunt, T., Gilbert, L., Medina, K. P., Chang, M., Kelsey, R., Rowe, J., Remien, R. (2014). Implementation of a couple-based HIV prevention program: A cluster randomized trial comparing manual versus web-based approaches. Implementation Science, 9(116). doi:10.1186/s13012-014- 0116-x

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