Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Medicine

Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Dr. Amy Nunn is an Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. She holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown University Medical School. She is also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI). Dr. Nunn conducts applied research on how to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in HIV infection, treatment and care. With colleagues, she oversees two pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation science programs in Providence, Rhode and Jackson, Mississippi. She also conducts HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention research about how to best link people living with HCV and HIV care services.

Dr. Nunn is best known for her innovative community partnerships to address disparities, including engaging clergy and community leaders in HIV testing, treatment and social marketing campaigns. In recent years, she oversaw  a comprehensive, neighborhood-based HIV and HCV prevention and treatment program called "Do One Thing" that screened over 10,000 individuals for HIV and HCV.  Do One Thing responded to unmet needs for testing and treatment in a Philadelphia neighborhood with high rates of HIV and HCV infection. She founded a coalition of clergy in Philadelphia, PA who work collaboratively to reduce racial disparities in HIV infection (http://riphi.org/philly-faith-in-action/). Dr. Nunn expanded her work with clergy by establishing Mississippi Faith in Action, a similar coalition based in the heart of the Bible Belt in Jackson, Mississippi.

RIPHI's mission is to promote community health and to eliminate health disparities in Rhode Island and beyond. The Institute partners with Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health to develop innovative public health programs, conduct translational and policy research, and train students and public health practitioners. RIPHI's current portfolio focuses on reducing food insecurity, responding to the nation's HCV epidemic, encouraging active living, engaging clergy in public health programs, and many other topics. See www.riphi.org.

Dr. Nunn is also Principal Investigator of an NIH grant focused on training African Americans and Latinos in community and clinical research related to HIV/AIDS, with a focus on training new investigators in the Deep South. 

A social scientist by training, she has worked in several countries and conducted domestic and international research on a variety of health topics, including HIV/AIDS, access to reproductive health services, and family planning. Dr. Nunn has also conducted global health policy research that explores how politics, economics and intellectual property rights affect AIDS policy and access to medicines in developing countries. She is the author of the book "The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil," whose foreword was written by Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, and which was published in 2009 by Springer. She has also written numerous peer-reviewed articles about Brazil's AIDS treatment program.

Dr. Nunn has received research grants from Harvard University, the US Departments of Defense and Education, the Rhode Island Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, Gilead Sciences, the US Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health. She received the "Outstanding New Researcher Award" at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

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