Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH

Core Director, Policy Impact Core

Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH, is Professor-in-Residence with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where she leads CDU’s HIV Research Pillar (also known as the Drew Center for AIDS Research, Education, and Services or Drew CARES). She co-directs the policy core of CHIPTS and co-directs the National Coordinating Center for the NIA-funded Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) at UCLA.

Trained in Epidemiology, Dr. Harawa’s research involves understanding trends in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and developing effective, culturally relevant interventions for prevention, care, and treatment.  She has conducted innovative research with a variety of populations – including high-risk African American men, sexually active African American and Latina women, older adults, and incarcerated and post-incarcerated men.  Much of this work has involved partnering with local governmental and community organizations in order to address health issues in populations that experience major health disparities.  She currently co-leads a multi-site NIDA-funded study examining the impacts of incarceration and related interventions and policies on HIV in Black men who have sex with men.  She also serves as one of the Principal Investigators on a new NIDA-funded study to promote linkage to and retention in HIV care for young MSM following release from jail.