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Jill T. Owczarzak, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 739
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of Kentucky, 2007
MA, University of Kentucky, 2002
BA, Bucknell University, 1999


I am a medical anthropologist with expertise in qualitative research methods, exploring the influence of cultural, social, and political forces on health disparities, and the ways in which frontline service providers use evidence-based HIV prevention interventions. I have conducted Implementation Science studies that explored effects of organizational characteristics and implementation fidelity on the effectiveness of the HIV prevention intervention SISTA. I also developed a model of HIV prevention intervention development that uses a "common factors" approach to empower nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine to develop culturally tailored HIV prevention interventions for people who use drugs in Ukraine. I have led several other studies in Ukraine that explore stigma and HIV care engagement for Ukrainian women; women's access to drug treatment and other services; and the role of place and social networks on HIV risk among people who use drugs. In addition to these projects, I also collaborate with other research on topics that include HIV care engagement among re-entrants to the community from correctional settings in South Africa and community-based harm reduction programs in Baltimore.

I am also actively engaged in the training and education of research staff, current and past postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other faculty in qualitative research methods and data analysis. I am the director the MHS in Social Factors in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. I teach several qualitative data methodology analysis courses for the JHSPH and broader public health community, including Theory and Practice in Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Using Software in Qualitative Research and Analysis, and Ethnographic Fieldwork. I work with postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and doctoral students to mentor and train them in the integration of qualitative methods into research projects on a broad range of topics related to HIV and its prevention. I also collaborate with faculty in the design and implementation of research projects that incorporate qualitative methods and perspectives.

Honors and Awards

Jeffrey A. Kelly Research Development Award, the Medical College of Wisconsin (2012)

Outstanding Medical Student Teach, Global Health Pathway, the Medical College of Wisconsin (2011)

Margaret Lantis Award for Excellence in Original Research by a Graduate Student (2007)

Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society (2004)

Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Bucknell University (1999)

Magna Cum Laude, Bucknell University (1999)

Honors in Anthropology, Bucknell University (1999)

  • HIV prevention
  • implementation science
  • qualitative methods
  • Eastern Europe

Selected Publications

  • Owczarzak, J., Nguyen, T., Mazhnaya, A., Phillips, S., Filippova, O., Alpatova, P., Zub, T., Aleksanyan, R. 2019. Outcome Evaluation of a Bottom-Up, "Common Factors" Approach to Developing HIV Prevention Interventions in Ukraine. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 199:18-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.02.015
  • Owczarzak, J, Broaddus, M, and Pinkerton, S. 2016. Audit culture, evidence-based programs, and the changing nature of community-based health promotion. American Journal of Evaluation 37(3):326-343.
  • Owczarzak, J., Phillips, S., Filippova, O., Alpatova, P., Mazhnaya, A., Zub, T., Aleksanyan, R. 2016. A “Common Factors” Approach to Developing Culturally-Tailored HIV Prevention Interventions. Health Education and Behavior 43(3):347-357.
  • Owczarzak, J. Phillips, S. and Cho, W. 2018. "Pure" Drug Users, Commercial Sex Workers, and "Ordinary Girls": Gendered Narratives of HIV Risk and Prevention in Post-Soviet Ukraine. Culture, Health & Sexuality. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1421708
  • Owczarzak, J., Broaddus, M., and Tarima, S. 2018. Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Intervention when Implemented by Frontline Providers. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibx041