Nina Harawa, Ph.D.


Core Scientist, Policy Core



Dr. Nina Harawa is an Assistant Professor with the Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA.  Trained as an epidemiologist, her research involves both documenting and understanding trends in the distribution of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and developing effective prevention interventions.  She has conducted and led studies examining the prevalence of HIV infection and risky behaviors in a variety of at-risk populations.  She has also written about conceptual issues related to the categorization and analysis of racial and ethnic groups in health research.  Dr. Harawa has ongoing HIV prevention research studies for African American men who have sex with men and women and for African American women in partnerships with high-risk men.  She is also currently working to examine STD and HIV risk in older adults, sexual activity and condom distribution in jail settings, and sexual partnerships between African American and Latino women and high-risk men.


BS – Antioch College – Biology/Chemistry – 1992
MPH – UCLA – Epidimiology – 1995
PhD – UCLA – Epidimiology 2001

Research and Interests:

Distribution and determinates of risk behaviors and STD/HIV disease in underserved and often hidden populations; socioeconomic, cultural, and contextual factors affecting epidemiologic patterns; community outreach;  race and ethnicity in health disparities research.


Click here for Dr. Harawa’s CV.