Social behavioral research at the intersection of HIV and non-communicable disease

Kartika Palar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Medicine at UCSF, based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on addressing the drivers and consequences of health inequity among people living with HIV and non-communicable disease. One research stream investigates the impact of food insecurity and other unmet subsistence needs on HIV-related health. A new direction examines the intersection of HIV, NCDs, and social determinants of health. She is passionate about working in partnership with community organizations, clinicians and the academic community to reduce health inequity in the Bay Area and beyond.