PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
My research focuses on the role of social and structural factors contributing to HIV risk and impeding access to HIV treatment and care among marginalized groups. I have specific interest in economic strengthening and community empowerment approaches as structural interventions among female sex workers (FSW) and other women at heightened risk for HIV. I am currently working on community-based combination HIV prevention among FSW in Iringa, Tanzania with a focus on the role of community savings groups in reducing HIV risk and improving health outcomes of HIV-infected women. I am also interested in how biomedical approaches can be rolled out for optimal uptake and effectiveness and currently work on qualitative research with clinical trial participants and providers on experiences with long-acting injectable PrEP and ART in cities in the U.S. and Spain. My previous work includes HIV research among injection drug users in Tijuana, Mexico and leading jurisdictional HIV testing initiatives at the New York City Health Department.