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Andrea L. Wirtz, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7644
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

410-502-0800

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Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007

Overview

Dr. Wirtz is an epidemiologist with expertise in infectious disease. Dr. Wirtz is dedicated to the field of epidemiologic assessment of infectious disease, violence, and health among marginalized populations with specific interest in developing measures and methods to assess risks, outcomes and effective health interventions for these populations. Dr. Wirtz's interests include epidemiological and intervention research related to violence, stigma, disparities in healthcare access, and infectious disease, particularly HIV infection; implementation science methods for key populations; and capacity building among local community-based partners. She is a Principal Investigator of the LITE cohort, which aims to develop and follow the first cohort of transgender women in six US cities to assess incidence of HIV and other health outcomes. She is a co-investigator of several domestic and international studies which aim to develop and assess the impact of HIV prevention and care interventions for men who have sex with men, transgender women, and others in high risk contexts. Dr. Wirtz has received a faculty development award from the Center for AIDS Research to assess the impact of intimate partner violence on engagement in HIV care in Rakai, Uganda. She has collaborated on multiple international studies to estimate population prevalence of gender-based violence victimization and perpetration and to develop interventions to identify cases of violence for referral and care in humanitarian settings.

Honors and Awards

Recipient, Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR) International Research Scholars Program

Recipient, Charlotte Silverman Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Delta Omega Competition: Overall Competition Winner; Applied Research First Place

2013 Recipient, Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR) International Research Scholars Program

2013 Recipient, Charlotte Silverman Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

2013 Delta Omega Competition: Overall Competition Winner; Applied Research First Place

Selected publications since 2009:

  • Wirtz AL, Malik M, Poteat T. Gender-based violence among transgender people: the importance of research and programming for an unmet need. Trauma, Violence, Abuse 2018 Feb; epub ahead of print.
  • Wirtz AL, Trapence G, Kamba D, Gama V, Chalera R, Jumbe V, Kumwenda R, Mangochi M, Helleringer S, Beyrer C, Baral S. Geographic disparities in HIV prevalence and care among men who have sex with men in Malawi: results from a multi-site cross-sectional survey. Lancet HIV. 27 Feb 2017 pii: S2352-3018(17)30042-5. PMID: 28256422
  • Wirtz AL, Schwartz S, Ketende S, Grosso A, Anato S, Djarki Nadedjo F, Ouedrago G, Ky-Zerbo O, Papworth E, Baral S. Sexual violence and condom use in the context of sex work: results from two West African countries. JAIDS 2015; 68 (Suppl 2): S171-9.
  • Wirtz AL, Glass N, Perrin N, Pham K, Rubenstein L, Singh S, Vu A. Comprehensive development and testing of the ASIST-GBV, a screening tool for responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. Conflict and Health 2016; 10:7. PMID: 27099617
  • Wirtz AL, Zelaya C, Latkin C, Peryshkina A, Stall R, Moguilnyi V, Dzhigun P, Kostetskaya I, Mehta S, Beyrer C. The HIV care continuum among men who have sex with men in Moscow, Russia. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2015 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26297721