Akua Gyamerah completed her Master's and Doctor of Public Health degrees in sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked on research in sexual health and HIV/AIDS among general and LGBTQI populations. Akua’s research examines social determinants of health and structural interventions and advocacy efforts to address them. Her dissertation examined Ghana's emerging role as a model country in sub-Saharan Africa for HIV prevention efforts focused on men who have sex men (MSM). Specifically, she examined the development, implementation, and reception of HIV prevention policies and programs for MSM and sociocultural factors shaping these efforts given that sex between men is criminalized and stigmatized in Ghana.
Over the years, she has worked on a number of research studies in the areas of sexual health and HIV/AIDS focusing on general and LGBTQ populations. As a sociomedical scientist, Dr. Gyamerah’s research interests lie at the juncture of African LGBTQ populations, human rights, and HIV/AIDS prevention and care, with an interest in examining how structural factors shape sexuality, gender, rights and health within the African diaspora. Her research has been supported in part by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship.