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Anne E. Fehrenbacher, PhD, MPH

Post-Doctoral Scholar


Anne E. Fehrenbacher, PhD, MPH, is a public health scientist with expertise in labor, migration, sex work, and HIV/AIDS. At CHIPTS, Dr. Fehrenbacher works on a range of domestic and global health studies in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. Since 2011, Dr. Fehrenbacher has conducted research with the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee of sex workers in West Bengal, India examining migration narratives of sex workers, the impact of economic insecurity on consistent condom use, and self-regulatory boards run by sex workers to monitor labor conditions and prevent human trafficking. Dr. Fehrenbacher is currently the principal investigator for a mixed methods study in collaboration with Durbar on PrEP acceptability and adherence barriers among hard to reach sex workers funded by the UCLA Center for AIDS Research, UCLA AIDS Institute, and the UCLA Center for World Health. Dr. Fehrenbacher is a consultant for the Cambodia Mobile Link randomized controlled trial to test the impact of mobile phone messaging on HIV testing and health care utilization among female entertainment workers in Cambodia. In 2018, Dr. Fehrenbacher will lead the qualitative arm of a Pathfinder International study to reduce stigma against adolescents among reproductive health providers in Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Pakistan.  In addition to her postdoctoral research at CHIPTS, Dr. Fehrenbacher is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and a member of the Sexual Humanitarianism (SEXHUM) Research Team. SEXHUM is a consortium of researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, and New Zealand investigating the relationship between migration, sex work, and trafficking in the global sex industry by analyzing migrants’ own understandings and experiences of agency and exploitation. Dr. Fehrenbacher received her Ph.D. and MPH from the Department of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and her B.A. in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.