I am a social behavioral scientist who received my PhD from the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and I hold a MPH from the University of Cape Town. My research interests focus on the intersection of reproductive health and HIV care in global contexts, family planning, fertility desires, and HIV stigma. I have more than 15 years of experience leading and overseeing research as well as HIV prevention and reproductive health projects in both the US and various sub-Saharan African countries, including South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, and Botswana. My prior research has focused on the use of family planning methods by women living with HIV in South Africa and Uganda as well as safer conception approaches for women living with HIV in Botswana. I also have experience in monitoring and evaluating country programs on the prevention and care of obstetric fistula, family planning revitalization, and integration of family planning and HIV care. I have developed curricula about reproductive health, family planning, and Positive Prevention in Uganda and Mozambique. My recent research focuses on using retrospective cohort study data to explore the impacts of mobility on HIV risk behaviors in rural couples in Kenya and Uganda. Moving forward, I plan to focus on increasing uptake of sexual and reproductive health/HIV prevention services among vulnerable populations by leveraging interventions that address male engagement and seek to improve couple-level dynamics.
- Development of novel scales to measure HIV-specific social support for safer conception and male involvement in safer conception approaches for the prevention of HIVMentored Scientist Award , FallAward mentor:
- Presented at: May CFAR Seminar: Rebecca Zash with ESI Speaker Sarah Gutin + CFAR Excellence Awards presentation + Networking LunchCarr Auditorium (ZSFG Building 3)