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Tonia C. Poteat, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7138
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


CROI Plenary on Transgender Health
IAS Symposium on HIV among Sex Workers

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 2007
MMSc, Emory University School of Medicine, 1995


My research interests and commitments lie at the intersection of public health,  human rights, and social justice with a specific focus on LGBT health as well as HIV prevention and treatment for key populations.  I participate in research and practice that is responsive and accountable to affected communities.

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Award

Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • HIV
  • sexual health
  • LGBT health
  • stigma
  • human rights
  • public health practice
  • mixed methods research

Selected publications

  • Poteat T, Wirtz AL, Raddix A, Borquez A, Deutsch M, Silva Sebastian A, Khan SI, Winter S, Jobson G, Operario D. (2014) HIV risk and preventive interventions in transgender women sex workers.  The Lancet, 385(9964): 274-286.
  • Poteat T, Reisner SL, Radix A.  (2014) HIV epidemics among transgender women. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS, 9(2):168-73.
  • Poteat, T, Logie C, Adams D, Lebona J, Letsie P,  Beyrer C, Baral S. (2014) Sexual practices, identities and health among women who have sex with women in Lesotho - a mixed-methods study. Culture Health and Sexuality,16(2):120-35.
  • Poteat, T, German D, Kerrigan D. (2013) Managing Uncertainty: A Grounded Theory of Stigma in Transgender Health Care Encounters. Social Science & Medicine, May;84:22-9
  • Poteat T, Diouf D, Drame FM, Ndaw M, Traore C, et al. (2011) HIV Risk among MSM in Senegal: A Qualitative Rapid Assessment of the Impact of Enforcing Laws That Criminalize Same Sex Practices. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28760.