Michele R. Decker, ScD
ScD , Harvard School of Public Health , 2008
MPH , University of North Carolina
Michele R. Decker, ScD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A social epidemiologist by training, her research focuses on gender-based violence (e.g., sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking), its prevention, and its implications for sexual and reproductive health (e.g., STI/HIV, unintended pregnancy). Much of this work involves marginalized populations including urban women, adolescents and those involved in transactional sex or sex work. Her work includes clinic-based intervention efforts to mitigate the health consequences of violence, as well as primary research to understand the mechanisms by which violence influences sexual health and HIV risk. She blends large-scale quantitative investigations with qualitative methods. She works domestically as well as in South and Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe/Central Asia.
Women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gender-based violence, sex workers, sex trafficking, adolescent health, maternal and child health, India, Thailand, Russia, public health and human rights
Decker MR, Miller E, McCauley HL, Tancredi DJ, Anderson H, Levenson RR, Silverman JG. Recent partner violence and sexual and drug-related STI/HIV risk among adolescent and young adult women attending family planning clinics. Sex Transm Infect. 2013 Nov 14. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2013-051288. [Epub ahead of print]
Decker MR, Pearson E, Illangasekare SL, Clark E, Sherman SG. Violence against women in sex work and HIV risk implications differ qualitatively by perpetrator. BMC Public Health. 2013 Sep 23;13:876.
Decker MR, Wirtz AL, Moguilnyi V, Peryshkina A, Ostrovskaya M, Nikita M, Kuznetzova J, Beyrer C. Female Sex Workers in Three Cities in Russia: HIV Prevalence, Risk Factors and Experience with Targeted HIV Prevention. AIDS Behav. 2013 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print]
Decker MR, Wirtz AL, Pretorius C, Sherman SG, Sweat MD, Baral SD, Beyrer C, Kerrigan DL. Estimating the impact of reducing violence against female sex workers on HIV epidemics in Kenya and Ukraine: a policy modeling exercise. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2013 Feb;69 Suppl 1:122-32.
Decker MR, Frattaroli S, McCaw B, Coker AL, Miller E, Sharps P, Lane WG, Mandal M, Hirsch K, Strobino DM, Bennett WL, Campbell J, Gielen A. Transforming the healthcare response to intimate partner violence and taking best practices to scale. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Dec;21(12):1222-9.