Feature: Dr. Nina Harawa

NSB Project would like to extend a "thank you" for Dr. Nina Harawa's generous contribution to our mission!

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 infections and developing effective HIV prevention interventions.

She has conducted and led studies examining the prevalence of HIV infection and risky behaviors in a variety of high-risk populations, including men who have sex with men, the homeless, sexually transmitted disease clinic attendees, recent jail arrestees, female sex workers, and male-to-female transgenders.

She 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 and condom use in a jail unit for gay males and male-to-female transgenders.

Dr. Harawa is currently one of three principal investigators for an intervention research project titled: Females of African American Legacy Empowering Self  (FemAALES).  FemAALES is being conducted in Los Angeles, CA and provides an innovative approach to improving health and preventing HIV in African American women. To learn more visit: www.femaales.org or check out our FEMAALES titled blog.


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.