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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 am currently a Dual Principal Investigator of a 5-year NIH-funded research project that explores the effects of organizational characteristics and implementation fidelity on the effectiveness of the HIV prevention intervention SISTA. I am also the Principal Investigator of a 4-year, NIH-funded research project that will explore HIV prevention intervention development and implementation among nongovernmental organizations that work with intravenous drug users in Ukraine. In addition, I have also served as an investigator on several other research projects, including a 5-year, multi-site research project that aimed to develop a social network-based HIV prevention intervention for black men who have sex with men (BMSM), a project exploring supportive housing programs, drug use, and HIV risk (R01-DA024578-01), and a project that explored the use of advanced communication technology methods in science-to-service dissemination among nongovernmental organizations in Eastern Europe (R01 MH079730). As a member of these research teams, I have worked on mixed methods research projects that involve program development, implementation, and evaluation.

I have also trained research staff, current and past postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other faculty in qualitative research methods and data analysis. I have worked with and mentored several 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 research, qualitative methods, Eastern Europe

Selected Publications

  • 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, 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.
  • Phillips, S., Owczarzak, J. 2017. HIV prevention, precarity, and fragmented landscapes of service provision in Ukraine. Medical Anthropology Theory.
  • Owczarzak, J. Phillips, S. and Cho, W. In Press. "Pure" Drug Users, Commercial Sex Workers, and "Ordinary Girls": Gendered Narratives of HIV Risk and Prevention in Post-Soviet Ukraine. Culture, Health & Sexuality.
  • Owczarzak, J., Broaddus, M., and Tarima, S. In Press. Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Intervention when Implemented by Frontline Providers. Translational Behavioral Medicine.