Akua Gyamerah completed her Master and Doctor of Public Health degrees in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. As a sociomedical scientist, she is broadly interested in examining social and structural determinants of health and developing multi-level interventions and advocacy efforts to address these factors. Dr. Gyamerah’s specific research interests lie at the juncture of African LGBTQ populations, human rights, and HIV prevention and care, with an interest in examining how sociocultural factors shape sexuality, gender, rights and health within the African diaspora. Her most recent research examined the development, implementation, and reception of HIV prevention policies and programs for Ghanaian men who have sex with men, and sociocultural factors shaping these efforts given that sex between men is criminalized in Ghana.
Over the years, she has worked on a number of research studies in the areas of sexual health and HIV among general and key populations. 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.