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Tonia C. Poteat, PhD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Affiliated)
    • Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

321 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516


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
BA, Yale University, 1991


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
  • LGBTQ health
  • stigma
  • human rights
  • public health practice
  • mixed methods research

Selected publications

  • Poteat T, Ackerman B, Diouf D, Ceesay N, Mothopeng T, Odette K, Kouanda S, Ouedraogo HG, Simplice A, Kouame A, Mnisi Z, Trapence G, van der Merwe L. LA, Jumbe V, Baral S. (2017) HIV prevalence and behavioral and psychosocial factors among transgender women and cisgender men who have sex with men in 8 African countries: A cross-sectional analysis. PLOS Medicine.
  • Poteat T, Park C, Solares D, William JK, Wolf RC, Metheny N, Vazzano A, Dent J, Gibbs A, Nonyane BAS, Toiv N. (2017) Changing hearts and minds: Results from a multi-country gender and sexual diversity training. PLOS ONE, 12(9) e0184484. pone.0184484
  • 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, 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.