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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 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 has been mainly on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, especially among key populations in the epidemic, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, and transgender populations. His research is currently focused on the implementation of HIV prevention technologies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among cisgender and transgender female sex workers, 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

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  • Kerrigan, D., Mbwambo J., Likindikoki S., Beckham S.W., Mwampashi A., Shembilu C., Mantsios A., Leddy A., Davis, W., N. Galai. (2017). Project Shikamana: Baseline findings from a community empowerment based combination HIV prevention trial among female sex workers in Iringa, Tanzania. JAIDS 74(S1):S60-68.
  • Beckham, S.W., 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.
  • Beckham, S.W., Shembilu, C.R., Winch, P.J., Beyrer, C., and D.L. Kerrigan. (2015). Female sex workers’ experiences with intended pregnancy and antenatal care services in southern Tanzania. Studies in Family Planning 46(1):55-71.
  • Beckham, S.W., Shembilu, C.R., Winch, P.J., Beyrer, C., and D.L. Kerrigan. (2015). “If you have children, you have responsibilities”: Motherhood, sex work, and HIV in southern Tanzania. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 17(2):165-79.
  • Scott K, Beckham SW, Gross M, Pariyo G, Rao KD, Cometto G, et al. What do we know about community-based health worker programs? A systematic review of existing reviews on community health workers. Human Resources for Health. 2018;16(1):39.