Ayako Miyashita, JD
Ayako Miyashita, JD, is a Director in the Clinical and Experiential Learning department of UCLA School of Law. Ayako teaches courses focused on HIV law and policy at UCLA School of Law, and as a licensed attorney, she directs the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project, a legal services collaborative dedicated to addressing the unmet legal needs of primarily low-income people living with HIV (“PLWH”) in Los Angeles County. Currently, Ayako serves as Co-Principal Investigator on a study to develop a smartphone application to improve treatment adherence among HIV-positive African American young MSM (HD15-LA-061). Ayako also serves as the Associate Director of the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center located within the Luskin School of Public Affairs, an interdisciplinary collaboration between UCLA, APLA Health and the Los Angeles LGBT Center that brings the most relevant and timely evidence to bear on HIV/AIDS policy in order to develop and maintain efficient, accessible, state-of-the-art programs and services for the diverse populations of Californians living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS (RP15-LA-007). Ayako’s research focuses on the intersection between health and unmet legal needs of low-income people living with HIV and other interdisciplinary research that lies at the intersection of social sciences and the law such as HIV criminalization, disparities in HIV among communities facing vulnerable circumstances, and privacy and confidentiality implications in HIV-related legislation.