Abigail Harrison is Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown School of Public Health and Director of the Master's in Global Public Health. She conducts research on global HIV prevention, reproductive health and health disparities among adolescents and young women, with a primary focus on South Africa. other locations in sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. At Brown, Harrison's research is conducted with the International Health Institute and the Population Studies and Training Center, and with global and local partners. Current research addresses women's reproductive decision-making, the health and social needs of adolescents living with HIV, and the development of HIV prevention interventions for adolescent girls and young women. She conducts interdisciplinary social science research, emphasizing qualitative methods and community-based participatory approaches. Harrison is co-investigator on two NIH-funded global training initiatives in partnership with the University of Cape Town, focused on training the next generation of researchers in HIV social science. She received her PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and has an MA/MPH in International Health and Social Change and Development from Johns Hopkins University.
|Maughan-Brown, Brendan, Kuo, Caroline, Galárraga, Omar, Smith, Philip, Lurie, Mark N., Bekker, Linda-Gail, Harrison, Abigail. "Stumbling Blocks at the Clinic: Experiences of Seeking HIV Treatment and Care in South Africa." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 22, no. 3, 2018, pp. 765-773.|
|Khidir, Hazar, Psaros, Christina, Greener, Letitia, O’Neil, Kasey, Mathenjwa, Mxolisi, Mosery, F. N., Moore, Lizzie, Harrison, Abigail, Bangsberg, David R., Smit, Jennifer A., Safren, Steven A., Matthews, Lynn T. "Developing a Safer Conception Intervention for Men Living with HIV in South Africa." AIDS and Behavior, 2017.|
|Shangani, Sylvia, Escudero, Daniel, Kirwa, Kipruto, Harrison, Abigail, Marshall, Brandon, Operario, Don. "Effectiveness of peer-led interventions to increase HIV testing among men who have sex with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis." AIDS Care, 2017, pp. 1-11.|
Jessica N Coleman, Karmel W Choi, Jennifer A Smit, Cecilia Milford, Nzwakie Mosery, Letitia Greener, Lynn T Matthews, Abigail Harrison, David R Bangsberg, Steven A Safren, Christina Psaros.
"EXPLORING PREGNANCY-RELATED INTENTIONS AND BEHAVIORS AMONG PREGNANT YOUNG WOMEN IN KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA." Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 51, 2017, pp. S2773-S2774.
|Psaros, Christina, Milford, Cecilia, Smit, Jennifer A., Greener, Letitia, Mosery, Nzwakie, Matthews, Lynn T., Harrison, Abigail, Gordon, Janna R., Mimiaga, Matthew, Bangsberg, David R., Safren, Steven A. "HIV Prevention Among Young Women in South Africa: Understanding Multiple Layers of Risk." Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2017.|
|Maughan-Brown, Brendan, Smith, Philip, Kuo, Caroline, Harrison, Abigail, Lurie, Mark N., Bekker, Linda-Gail, Galárraga, Omar. "Readiness for Antiretroviral Therapy: Implications for Linking HIV-Infected Individuals to Care and Treatment." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 22, no. 3, 2017, pp. 691-700.|
|Bhatia DS, Harrison AD, Kubeka M, Milford C, Kaida A, Bajunirwe F, Wilson IB, Psaros C, Safren SA, Bangsberg DR, Smit JA, Matthews LT. "The Role of Relationship Dynamics and Gender Inequalities As Barriers to HIV-Serostatus Disclosure: Qualitative Study among Women and Men Living with HIV in Durban, South Africa." Frontiers in public health, vol. 5, 2017, pp. 188.|
|Sullivan ME, Harrison A, Harries J, Sicwebu N, Rosen RK, Galárraga O. "Women's reproductive decision making and abortion experiences in Cape Town, South Africa: A qualitative study." Health Care for Women International, 2017, pp. 00-00.|
|Folayan, Morenike Oluwatoyin, Harrison, Abigail, Brown, Brandon, Odetoyinbo, Morolake, Stockman, Jamila K., Ajuwon, Ademola J., Cáceres, Carlos F. "Associations between Forced Sexual Initiation, HIV Status, Sexual Risk Behavior, Life Stressors, and Coping Strategies among Adolescents in Nigeria." PLOS ONE, vol. 11, no. 5, 2016, pp. e0155210.|
|Harrison A, Hoffman S, Mantell JE, Smit JA, Leu CS, Exner TM, Stein ZA. "Gender-Focused HIV and Pregnancy Prevention for School-Going Adolescents: The <i>Mpondombili</i> Pilot Intervention in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa." Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, vol. 15, no. 1, 2016, pp. 29-47.|
Smit JA, Church K, Milford C, Harrison AD, Beksinska ME, Ringheim K et al.
"Population Health and Environment (PHE) Community-Based Distribution and Peer Education System: Train-the-trainer guide for training PHE community-based distributors and PHE adult peer educators working on integrated PHE activities." BMC Health Services Research, vol. 12, no. 2, 2016, pp. 48.
|Folayan, Morenike O., Cáceres, Carlos F., Sam-Agudu, Nadia A., Odetoyinbo, Morolake, Stockman, Jamila K., Harrison, Abigail. "Psychological Stressors and Coping Strategies Used by Adolescents Living with and Not Living with Hiv Infection in Nigeria." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 21, no. 9, 2016, pp. 2736-2745.|
|Swartz, Alison, Colvin, Christopher, Harrison, Abigail. "The Cape Town boyfriend and the Joburg boyfriend: women’s sexual partnerships and social networks in Khayelitsha, Cape Town." Social Dynamics, vol. 42, no. 2, 2016, pp. 237-252.|
|Colvin, Christopher J, Harrison, Abigail. "Broadening the debate over HIV and hormonal contraception." The Lancet infectious diseases, vol. 15, no. 2, 2015, pp. 135-136.|
|Harrison A, Colvin CJ, Kuo C, Swartz A, Lurie M. "Sustained High HIV Incidence in Young Women in Southern Africa: Social, Behavioral, and Structural Factors and Emerging Intervention Approaches." Current HIV/AIDS Reports, vol. 12, no. 2, 2015, pp. 207-15.|
|Hershow, Rebecca Beth, Gannett, Katherine, Merrill, Jamison, Kaufman, Elise Braunschweig, Barkley, Chris, DeCelles, Jeff, Harrison, Abigail. "Using soccer to build confidence and increase HCT uptake among adolescent girls: a mixed-methods study of an HIV prevention programme in South Africa." Sport in Society, vol. 18, no. 8, 2015, pp. 1009-1022.|
|Folayan, Morenike O, Odetoyinbo, Morolake, Brown, Brandon, Harrison, Abigail. "Differences in sexual behaviour and sexual practices of adolescents in Nigeria based on sex and self-reported HIV status." Reproductive Health, vol. 11, no. 1, 2014, pp. 83.|
|Folayan M, Haire B, Brown B, Fatusi O, Harrison A, Odetoyinbo M. "Ethical Issues in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Research in Nigeria." Developing World Bioethics, 2014.|
|Folayan, Morenike Oluwatoyin, Haire, Bridget, Harrison, Abigail, Odetoyingbo, Morolake, Fatusi, Olawunmi, Brown, Brandon. "Ethical Issues in Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health Research in Nigeria." Developing World Bioethics, vol. 15, no. 3, 2014, pp. 191-198.|
|Harrison A. "HIV Prevention and Research Considerations for Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving toward Biobehavioral Prevention Strategies." African journal of reproductive health, 2014.|
|Mimiaga MJ, Closson EF, Safren SA, Mabude Z, Mosery N, Taylor SW, Perez-Brumer A, Matthews LT, Psaros C, Harrison A, Grelotti DJ, Bangsberg DR, Smit JA. "Inkwari: An Emerging High-Risk Place Potentiating HIV Spread Among Young Adults in a Hyper-Endemic South African Setting." Arch Sex Behav, 2014.|
|Matthews, Lynn T., Milford, Cecilia, Kaida, Angela, Ehrlich, Matthew J., Ng, Courtney, Greener, Ross, Mosery, F. N., Harrison, Abigail, Psaros, Christina, Safren, Steven A., Bajunirwe, Francis, Wilson, Ira B., Bangsberg, David R., Smit, Jennifer A. "Lost Opportunities to Reduce Periconception HIV Transmission." JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, vol. 67, 2014, pp. S210-7.|
|Folayan, Morenike O., Odetoyinbo, Morolake, Harrison, Abigail, Brown, Brandon. "Rape in Nigeria: a silent epidemic among adolescents with implications for HIV infection." Global Health Action, vol. 7, no. 0, 2014.|
|Brown B, Folayan MO, Odetoyingbo R, Harrison A. "Rape in Nigeria: a silent epidemic among adolescents with implications for HIV infection." Global Health Action, 2014.|
|Harrison A, Short S, Tuoane M. "Re-focusing the gender lens: Caregiving women, family roles and HIV/AIDS vulnerability in Lesotho." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 18, no. 3, 2014, pp. 595-604.|
Scott-Sheldon L, Walstrom P, Kalichman S, Harrison A, Carey M.
"Current State of the Science: A Systematic Review of Behavioral HIV Interventions for South African Adolescents, 2007-2012." Current HIV Research, vol. 11, no. 7, 2013, pp. 549-558.
"Gender, Health Inequalities and the Social Context of HIV/AIDS among Youth in South Africa." Nigerian Journal of Health Sciences , vol. 13, no. 2, 2013, pp. 12-17.
|Madhavan, Sangeetha, Harrison, Abigail, Sennott, Christie. "Management of non-marital fertility in two South African communities." Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 15, no. 5, 2013, pp. 614-628.|
|Scott-Sheldon, Lori, Walstrom, Paige, Harrison, Abigail, Kalichman, Seth, Carey, Michael. "Sexual Risk Reduction Interventions for HIV Prevention among South AfricanYouth: A Meta-Analytic Review." Current HIV Research, vol. 11, no. 7, 2013, pp. 549-58.|
|Smith KA, Harrison A. "Teachers' attitudes towards adolescent sexuality and life skills education in rural South Africa." Sexuality Education, vol. 13, no. 1, 2013, pp. 68-81.|
|Harrison A, Smit J, Hoffman S, Nzama T, Leu CS, Mantell J, Stein Z, Exner T. "Gender, peer and partner influences on adolescent HIV risk in rural South Africa." Sexual Health, vol. 9, no. 2, 2012, pp. 178-86.|
|Smit JA, Church K, Milford C, Harrison AD, Beksinska ME. "Key informant perspectives on policy- and service-level challenges and opportunities for delivering integrated sexual and reproductive health and HIV care in South Africa." BMC Health Services Research, vol. 12, 2012, pp. 48.|
Gittelsohn, J; Bentley, ME; Nag, M; Peltto, P; Pachauri, S; Harrison, A; and Landman, L.
Listening To Women Talk About Their Health: Issues and Evidence from India, 2nd ed. . edited by Gittelsohn, J; Bentley, ME; Nag, M; Peltto, P; Pachauri, S; Harrison, A; and Landman, L, New Delhi: Har Anand Publications/The Ford Foundation, 2011.
|Harrison A. "Hidden Love: Sexual Ideologies and Relationship Ideals among Rural South African Adolescents in the Context of HIV/AIDS." International Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights. , edited by Aggleton, P and Parker R., eds, London, Routledge Press, 2010.|
|Harrison A, Newell ML, Imrie J, Hoddinott G. "HIV prevention for South African youth: which interventions work? A systematic review of current evidence." BMC Public Health, vol. 10, 2010, pp. 102.|
|Harrison A, O'Sullivan LF. "In the absence of marriage: long-term concurrent partnerships, pregnancy, and HIV risk dynamics among South African young adults." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 14, no. 5, 2010, pp. 991-1000.|
"Young People and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Prevalence of infection, risk factors, and social context." HIV/AIDS in South Africa. , 2nd edition, edited by Abdool Karim SS and Abdool Karim Q, eds., Johannesburg, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Abdool Karim Q, Meyer-Weitz A, Harrison A.
"Interventions with Youth in High Prevalence Areas." HIV Prevention: A Comprehensive Approach. , edited by Mayer KH and Pizer HF, eds, New York, Academic Press, 2009.
|Harrison A. "Hidden love: sexual ideologies and relationship ideals among rural South African adolescents in the context of HIV/AIDS." Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 10, no. 2, 2008, pp. 175-89.|
|Harrison A, Cleland J, Frohlich J. "Young people's sexual partnerships in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: patterns, contextual influences, and HIV risk." Studies in Family Planning, vol. 39, no. 4, 2008, pp. 295-308.|
|O’Sullivan L, Cooper-Serber E, Kubeka M, Harrison A. "Body Concepts: Beliefs about the Body and Efforts to Prevent HIV and Pregnancy among a Sample of Young Adults in South Africa." International Journal of Sexual Health, vol. 19, no. 2, 2007, pp. 69-80.|
|Harrison A. "Review of African Households: Censuses and Surveys." 2007.|
|O'Sullivan LF, Harrison A, Morrell R, Monroe-Wise A, Kubeka M. "Gender dynamics in the primary sexual relationships of young rural South African women and men." Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 8, no. 2, 2006, pp. 99-113.|
|Harrison A, O'Sullivan LF, Hoffman S, Dolezal C, Morrell R. "Gender role and relationship norms among young adults in South Africa: measuring the context of masculinity and HIV risk." Journal of Urban Health, vol. 83, no. 4, 2006, pp. 709-22.|
|Hoffman S, O'Sullivan LF, Harrison A, Dolezal C, Monroe-Wise A. "HIV risk behaviors and the context of sexual coercion in young adults' sexual interactions: results from a diary study in rural South Africa." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, vol. 33, no. 1, 2006, pp. 52-8.|
|O'Sullivan LF, Hoffman S, Harrison A, Dolezal C. "Men, multiple sexual partners, and young adults' sexual relationships: understanding the role of gender in the study of risk." Journal of Urban Health, vol. 83, no. 4, 2006, pp. 695-708.|
|Mantell JE, Harrison A, Hoffman S, Smit JA, Stein ZA, Exner TM. "The Mpondombili Project: preventing HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancy among rural South African school-going adolescents." Reproductive health matters, vol. 14, no. 28, 2006, pp. 113-22.|
|Harrison A, Hoffman S, O'Sullivan L, Mantell J, Exner T, Smit J. "Young men's HIV risks in South Africa: the importance of multiple risk behaviors." AIDS, vol. 20, no. 10, 2006, pp. 1467-8; author reply 1468-9.|
|Harrison A, Cleland J, Gouws E, Frohlich J. "Early sexual debut among young men in rural South Africa: heightened vulnerability to sexual risk?." Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 81, no. 3, 2005, pp. 259-61.|
|Harrison A, Smit J, Exner T, Hoffman S, Mantell J. "Mpondombili Project: Gender Inequalities and Young People’s Sexual Health in Rural South Africa." Sexual Health Exchange, vol. 3, no. 4, 2004, pp. 5-8.|
|Myer L, Harrison A. "Why do women seek antenatal care late? Perspectives from rural South Africa." Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, vol. 48, no. 4, 2003, pp. 268-72.|
|Harrison A. "The social dynamics of adolescent risk for HIV: Using research findings to design a school-based intervention." Agenda, vol. 53, 2002, pp. 43-52.|
|Smit J, McFedyen L, Harrison A, Zuma K. "Where is the condom? Contraceptive practice in a rural district of South Africa." African journal of reproductive health, vol. 6, no. 2, 2002, pp. 71-8.|
|Harrison A, Montgomery E. "Life histories, reproductive histories: rural South African women’s narratives of fertility, reproductive health and illness." Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, 2001, pp. 311-28.|
|Wilkinson D, Karim SS, Lurie M, Harrison A. "Public-private health sector partnerships for STD control in South Africa--perspectives from the Hlabisa experience." South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde, vol. 91, no. 6, 2001, pp. 517-20.|
|Harrison A, Xaba N, Kunene P. "Understanding safe sex: gender narratives of HIV and pregnancy prevention by rural South African school-going youth." Reproductive health matters, vol. 9, no. 17, 2001, pp. 63-71.|
|Harrison A, Montgomery ET, Lurie M, Wilkinson D. "Barriers to implementing South Africa's Termination of Pregnancy Act in rural KwaZulu/Natal." Health Policy and Planning, vol. 15, no. 4, 2000, pp. 424-31.|
Harrison A, Smit J, Myer L.
"Prevention of HIV/AIDS in South Africa: A review of behaviour change interventions, evidence and options for the future." South African Journal of Science, vol. 96, 2000, pp. 285-90.
|Harrison A, Karim SA, Floyd K, Lombard C, Lurie M, Ntuli N, Wilkinson D. "Syndrome packets and health worker training improve sexually transmitted disease case management in rural South Africa: randomized controlled trial." AIDS, vol. 14, no. 17, 2000, pp. 2769-79.|
|Connolly AM, Wilkinson D, Harrison A, Lurie M, Karim SS. "Inadequate treatment for sexually transmitted diseases in the South African private health sector." International journal of STD & AIDS, vol. 10, no. 5, 1999, pp. 324-7.|
|Wilkinson D, Harrison A, Lurie M, Abdool Karim SS. "STD syndrome packets: improving syndromic management of sexually transmitted diseases in developing countries." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, vol. 26, no. 3, 1999, pp. 152-6.|
|Wilkinson D, Abdool Karim SS, Harrison A, Lurie M, Colvin M, Connolly C, Sturm AW. "Unrecognized sexually transmitted infections in rural South African women: a hidden epidemic." Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 77, no. 1, 1999, pp. 22-8.|
|Harrison A, Wilkinson D, Lurie M, Connolly AM, Karim SA. "Improving quality of sexually transmitted disease case management in rural South Africa." AIDS, vol. 12, no. 17, 1998, pp. 2329-35.|
|Wilkinson D, Connolly AM, Harrison A, Lurie M, Karim SS. "Sexually transmitted disease syndromes in rural South Africa. Results from health facility surveillance." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, vol. 25, no. 1, 1998, pp. 20-3.|
|Harrison A, Lurie M, Wilkinson N. "Exploring partner communication and patterns of sexual networking: qualitative research to improve management of sexually transmitted diseases." Health transition review : the cultural, social, and behavioural determinants of health, vol. 7 Suppl 3, no. Suppl 3, 1997, pp. 103-7.|
|Wilkinson D, Ndovela N, Harrison A, Lurie M, Connolly C, Sturm AW. "Family planning services in developing countries: an opportunity to treat asymptomatic and unrecognised genital tract infections?." Genitourinary Medicine, vol. 73, no. 6, 1997, pp. 558-60.|
|Harrison A, Wilkinson D, Lurie M. "From partner notification to partner treatment." South African Medical Journal, vol. 87, no. 8(suppl), 1997, pp. 1055.|
|Lurie M, Wilkinson D, Harrison A, Abdool Karim S. "Migrancy and HIV/STDs in South Africa--a rural perspective." South African Medical Journal, vol. 87, no. 7, 1997, pp. 908-09.|
|Folayan MO, Haire B, Brown B, Fatusi O, Harrison A, Odetoyinbo M. "Ethical Issues in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Research in Nigeria." Developing World Bioethics, vol. epub ahead of print.|
|Madhavan S, Harrison A, Sennott C. "Management of Premarital Fertility in Two South African Communities." Culture, Health and Sexuality, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 614-28.|
|Harrison A, Short SE, Tuoane-Nkhasi M. "Re-focusing the gender lens: caregiving women, family roles and HIV/AIDS vulnerability in Lesotho." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 595-604.|
Harrison’s research addresses global HIV prevention and reproductive health among adolescents and young women, with a primary focus on South Africa. Her interdisciplinary approach integrates methods from epidemiology and social demography, including ethnographic, qualitative and survey research, and community-based participatory research methods.
Harrison’s collaborative research program focuses on HIV social science and behavioral interventions in South Africa. Current research includes qualitative and mixed methods research on health behaviors, the social context of prevention, and behavioral interventions, with support from multiple NIH institutes and university sources.
Developing a Gender-Enhanced PrEP Information-Motivation Workshop for Young South African Women
Integrated Prevention of HIV Risk and Intimate Partner Violence among Adolescents in South Africa
Health Needs of Adolescents Living with HIV in South Africa
Research on health needs of first generation of adolescents living with HIV in South Africa as they transition to adulthood, focusing on social and reproductive health needs, barriers and facilitators to adherence for anti-retroviral therapy (ART), and developing health-enabling interventions.
Integrated Prevention of HIV Risk and Intimate Partner Violence among Adolescents in South Africa
Formative research and design of integrated HIV and violence prevention intervention in schools, with a pilot RCT.
Developing a Gender-Enhanced PrEP Information-Motivation Workshop for Young South African Women
Intervention development and evaluation for young women in Durban, South Africa, including extensive qualitative research with young women and men, to develop strategies to promote PrEP use. In partnership with the HIV Center, Columbia University and the South African Medical Research Council.
Women's Contraceptive Needs and Reproductive Decisionmaking
Research focused on contraceptive use patterns, social context of behavior, and women's empowerment.
Pilot study of women's contraceptive use patterns and influences, with seed funding from Brown's Population Studies and Training Center.
Pilot study to test feasibility and acceptability of a lottery-based economic incentive strategy to promote dual protection in Cape Town, South Africa.
TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP
BRIDGES: Building Research to Integrate and Deepen the Gains Against HIV Through the Social Sciences
D43 funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center, with the aim of advancing
Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV/AIDS Social Science in South Africa
Funded through an R24 from NICHD, this institutional partnership between the Schools of Public Health at Brown University and the University of Cape Town provides training to enhance capacity in social and behavioral HIV research to public health and social science researchers in South Africa, focusing on three key research areas: gender, ARV treatment, and HIV prevention.
Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: Adaptation of Behavioral Intervention to Increase ART Adherence in the Postpartum Period (with Jennifer Pellowski, PhD; K01 NIMH)
Undetectable and Untransmittable: Reducing HIV Transmission among Young Women living with HIV, their Partners and Children in South Africa (with Elona Toska, PhD; K43 NIH Fogarty Center)
Resilience among Young South African Women: Findings from the HERStory Study (with Ashleigh LoVette, PhD; Caroline Kuo and Catherine Mathews, HERStory Lead Investigators)
Defining the System Surrounding Trauma, Depression and Anxiety among African Migrant Women Living in the United States: Applications of Systems Dynamics Modeling (with Kira DiClemente, MPH and Women’s Refugee Care)
Burn Injuries in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Patient Experiences and Predictors of Retention in Care. (with Cami Rencken, ScM)
ONGOING RESEARCH AND COLLABORATIONS
Social Dynamics of Adolescent and Women’s HIV and Reproductive Risks in South Africa
Current research within this topic examines two areas: 1) structural and health disparities, and economic inequalities, in relation to sustained high rates of HIV infection among young women in southern Africa; and 2) patterns and dynamics of young women's reproductive decision-making. Starting in 2018, new research will examine women’s lifecourse transitions in relation to HIV and pregnancy, and the epidemiology of unintended pregnancy and contraceptive use.
Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS, MatCH Research Unit, Durban South Africa
National Survey of Adolescents Living with HIV in Nigeria
In collaboration with Institute of Public Health, OAU, Ile-Ife, analysis of reproductive health outcomes for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS
Promoting HIV and Pregnancy Prevention in South African Schools
The Mpondombili school-based intervention for secondary school age boys and girls aimed to prevent HIV and pregnancy through a gender-focused, empowerment-based approach.
Gender and HIV Risk among Young Adults in South Africa and the US
Qualitative research with a longitudinal approach was used to investigate the dynamics of gender, relationships and HIV risk among young adults aged 18-24, and to develop and test psychosocial measures of HIV risk in two settings.
Grassroot Soccer: Evaluation and Qualitative Data Analysis for HIV Prevention Programs in Southern Africa
Grassroot Soccer is an international NGO working to prevent HIV through the power of soccer. Projects: MCUTS II: Male Circumcision Uptake Through Soccer and SKILLZ Street HIV Prevention Intervention for Adolescent Girls
Family Organization and Child Well-being in Lesotho
In this community-based mixed-methods study in two communities in Lesotho, families (mothers, fathers and children) were interviewed regarding the social aspects of HIV/AIDS, and gender and family dynamics.
OTHER RESEARCH INTERESTS
NICHD, R21, Health Needs of First Generation HIV-Infected Adolescents (PIs: Harrison and Kuo)
NIMH, R34, Developing a Gender-Enhanced PrEP Information-Motivation Workshop for Young South African Women (PI: Hoffman Columbia University; Harrison, Subcontract PI).
NIMH, R34, Integrated Prevention of HIV Risk and Intimate Partner Violence among Adolescents in South Africa (PI: Kuo & Mathews; Harrison Co-Investigator)
Fogarty International Center, D43, BRIDGES: Building Research to Integrate and Deepen the Gains Against HIV Through the Social Sciences
NICHD, R24, Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa (PIs: Lurie and Colvin; Harrison Co-Investigator)
NIAID, R21, Conditional Economic Incentives for Improving Adolescent Adherence to HIV Treatment (PIs: Galarraga and Hoare, Harrison Co-Investigator)
Brown University, Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Seed Fund, Empower-Nudge: Increasing Dual Protection among Young Women in Cape Town, South Africa, 2014 (PIs: Galarraga and Harrison)
NIMH, R34 Matthews L (PI) et al. (Harrison, Consultant) 09/01/13 - 06/30/18, Men's Perspectives on Safer Conception in Durban, South Africa.
R03 NICHD Matthews, PI. 07/01/12 - 06/30/14
Co-Is: Bangsberg, David; Psaros, Christina; Safren, Steven; Wilson, Ira; Smit, Jenni; Harrison, Abigail (Consultant). Harvard/MGH, Brown and MatCH, South Africa. Healthcare workers' attitudes towards and knowledge and practices of reproductive counseling for HIV-positive individuals in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
R03 NIMH PI: Psaros. 04/01/2011-03/31/2013.
Co-Is: Matthews, L; Bangsberg, D; Safren, S; Smit, J; Harrison, A (Consultant). Harvard/MGH, Brown and Wits University, MatCH, South Africa. Fifteen years of epidemic HIV: Novel risk behavior in South African teens in 2010.
K23 NIMH 095655 PI: Matthews. 7/01/11 - 8/31/16
Periconception HIV risk reduction for HIV-discordant couples in Uganda. Role: Mentor
Structurally Linking HIV and Family Planning Services: A Service Integration Model. Funder: Hewlett Foundation
Jennifer Smit (PI), A Harrison (co-I); MatCH (Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health) Research Unit, Durban South Africa. 1/1/2008 - 1/31/2012
NICHD R03, Gender, Family Organization and Child Well-being in Lesotho. Susan Short (PI), Abigail Harrison Co-I. 1/1/2007 - 6/30/2010
Marriage Patterns, Union Stability, and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Abigail Harrison and Sangeetha Madhavan, PIs. Population Association of America Seed Fund, April 2011 - August 2012. Result: Mini-conference for 40 participants, San Francisco, May 1-2, 2012.
|2003||PhD||University of London|
|1993||MPH||The Johns Hopkins University|
|1991||MA||The Johns Hopkins University|
|1986||BA||University of Pennsylvania|
(with Omar Galarraga, PhD Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown School of Public Health)
|Galarraga, Omar||Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice|
|Guthrie, Kate||Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|Kuo, Caroline||Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)|
|Lurie, Mark||Associate Professor of Epidemiology|
|McGarvey, Stephen||Professor of Epidemiology, Director of International Health Institute|
|Operario, Don||Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|Rosen, Rochelle||Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|Short, Susan||Professor of Sociology, Director of Population Studies|
|Smith, Daniel||Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. Professor of International Studies|
American Public Health Association
Global Health Council
Population Association of America
|PHP 0320 - Introduction to Public Health|
|PHP 2060 - Qualitative Methods in Health Research|
|PHP 2740 - Learning Global Health by Doing Global Health: Global Health Thesis Seminar|
|PHP 2760 - Critical Perspectives in Global Health|