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S. Wilson Beckham, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 757
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013
MPH, Yale University School of Public Health, 2009
MA, Yale University, 2009
BA, Brigham Young University, 2001


Dr. S. Wilson (Will) Beckham's (he/him) research focuses on socio-structural influences on health, and social and behavioral interventions. He uses implementation science approaches to ensure evidence-based interventions reach populations most in need. His research is on sexual and reproductive health, including prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, especially among sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations, and other sexual and gender minorities. His research is currently focused on the implementation of HIV prevention technologies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on transgender people, and the intersections of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. He also co-teaches courses on domestic and global LGBTQ health, and is particularly interested in the health of transgender and gender diverse people.

Honors and Awards

K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, 2017-2022

Gustav J. Martin Award for Innovation in HIV Research, JHU-CFAR, 2016

JHU-CFAR Scholar Career Development Award, 2016

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2013

  • HIV prevention, treatment and care
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Maternal health
  • Women's health
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Gender
  • Men
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Structural interventions
  • Implementation Science
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention
  • LGBTQ health
  • Transgender health

Select Publications

  • Beckham SW, Crossnohere NL, Gross M, JFP Bridges. (2020). Eliciting preferences for HIV prevention technologies: a systematic review. The Patient. In Press.
  • Scheim AI, Appenroth MN, Beckham SW, Goldstein Z, Grinspan MC, Keatley JG, Radix A. Transgender HIV research: nothing about us without us. Lancet HIV. 2019 Sep;6(9):e566-e567.
  • Poteat T, White RH, Footer KHA, Park JN, Galai N, Huettner S, Silberzahn BE, Allen ST, Glick J, Beckham SW, Gaydos CA, Sherman SG. Characterising HIV and STIs among transgender female sex workers: a longitudinal analysis. Sex Transm Infect. 2020 May 4. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2019-054414
  • Kerrigan D, Mbwambo J, Likindikoki S, Davis W, Mantsios A, Beckham SW, Leddy A, Shembilu C, Mwampashi A, Aboud S, Galai N. Project Shikamana: Community Empowerment-Based Combination HIV Prevention Significantly Impacts HIV Incidence and Care Continuum Outcomes Among Female Sex Workers in Iringa, Tanzania. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Oct 1;82(2):141-148.
  • Beckham SW, Beyrer C, Luckow P, Doherty M, Negussie E, and S Baral. (2016). Marked gender differences in mortality on ART in lower- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the International AIDS Society 19(1):21106.