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Danielle German, PhD

Co-Director, MHS program in Social Factors

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Health, Behavior and Society

Contact Information

Hampton House 753
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

(410) 502-8936
(410) 502-5385

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PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg , 2009
MPH , Emory University Rollins School of Public Health


My research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and address the social context of health behavior, with particular emphasis on issues related to urban health, HIV transmission, drug use and mental health, and LGBT health. I have a specific interest in the urban environment as well as social, housing, employment, and neighborhood stability and its impact on public health. I also spend a lot of time working to understand and address the HIV epidemic in Baltimore, and particularly the disproportionately high rates of HIV among MSM of color, African-Americans, and drug users in our community.

Research activities include behavioral, epidemiological, and social approaches to public health questions. Major activities include: 1) The BESURE Study, the Baltimore arm of CDC's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Study, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygeine. BESURE is a repeated cross-sectional study of HIV prevalence and risk behaviors among men who have sex with men, injection drug users, and heterosexuals at high risk in Baltimore; 2) Project Re____, a community based HIV testing program among MSM, gay, transgender, and same gender loving people of color in Baltimore, and 3) The Lighthouse Studies, including qualitative and quantitative studies of social and psychological influences on health and behavioral intervention design and evaluation.

Honors and Awards

Margaret Bright and Herman Binder Fund Award for  devotion to students in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, 2012

Delta Omega Society, 2009

Teaching Assistant Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Student Association, 2007

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Pre-Doctoral Training Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 2005-2009

Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholarship for Doctoral Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, 2004-2008

Urban health, Drug use, HIV/AIDS, Mental health, Depression, Social influences on health, Social networks, Social stability, Housing, Harm reduction, LGBT health, MSM, IDU, Mixed use of qualitative and quantitative methods, Evaluation, Intersection of urban planning and public health, Zoning, HIV behavioral surveillance, BESURE Study

  • German, D & Latkin, C. Understanding the relationship between boredom, depressive symptoms and HIV risk among urban injection drug users in Baltimore. AIDS and Behavior (in press).

  • Tobin, K.T., Kuramoto, S.J., German, D., Fields, E., Spikes, P., Patterson, J., Latkin, C.A. Unity in Diversity: Results of a culturally-tailored pilot HIV prevention intervention for African-American men who have sex with men, Baltimore, Maryland. Health Education and Behavior (in press).

  • Maulsby C, Sifakis F, German D, Flynn CP, Holtgrave D. HIV risk among men who have sex with men only (MSMO) and men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in Baltimore. Journal of Homosexuality. (in press).

  • Maulsby C, Sifakis F, German D, Flynn CP, Holtgrave D. HIV testing among men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in Baltimore. Open AIDS Journal. (in press).

  • German D, Sutcliffe K, Sirirojn B, Aramrattana A, Sherman SG, Latkin CA, Celentano DD. Effect of a randomized socio-behavioral intervention on depressive symptoms among young methamphetamine users in Thailand. Journal of Community Psychology. (in press).