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Susan Gail Sherman, PhD

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624 N. Broadway
Hamton House 749
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2000
MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
BA, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, 1989


Dr. Susan Sherman is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology who focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations, particularly that of drug users and sex workers. Her research among drug users has largely focused on harm reduction, HIV prevention, economic development, and overdose prevention and response. She has been involved in several large, randomized, peer outreach intervention trials that has aimed to reduce HIV and related risk behaviors among drug users in Thailand, Baltimore, and Pakistan. She is also working to examine the effects of economic empowerment on reducing sexual risk behaviors among sex workers in India. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She is also interested in the relationship between gender norms and sexual risk behaviors among adolescents. 

Honors and Awards

2011 Advising, Mentoring & Teaching Recognitions Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2006 Advising, Mentoring & Teaching Recognitions Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2002 Delta Omega Society

1997-2000 NIMH Predoctoral Training Grantee, Office of AIDS


  • epidemiology
  • social and behavioral sciences
  • risk environment
  • structural risk and interventions
  • female sex workers
  • drug users
  • economic empowerment
  • overdose prevention
  • gender empowerment
  • police
  • Baltimore
  • click here for a complete listing of Dr. Sherman's PubMed citations

  • Liu A, Srikrishnan AK, Rivett KA, Solomon S, Celentano DD, Sherman SG. (2010). Measuring perceived stigma in female sex workers in Chennai, India. AIDS and Behavior (in press).

  • Sherman SG, Srikrishnan AK, Rivett KA, Liu SH, Solomon S, Celentano DD (2010). Acceptability of a microenterprise intervention among female sex workers in Chennai India. AIDS and Behavior. 14(3):649-657. PMID: 20352320.

  • Reuben J, Serio CC, Matens R, Sherman SG. (2010). Correlates of current transactional sex among a sample of female exotic dancers in Baltimore, MD. Accepted for publication in Journal of Urban Health.

  • Sherman SG, Srirojn B, Celentano DD. (2010). Panel 5: Drug use in Thailand. (2010). The Lancet. 376(9739):466. PMID: 20650520.