Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)


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. 

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