Nina Harawa, M.P.H., Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Nina Harawa is a Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology. She also has a faculty appointment at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science where she serves as Associate Director of Research for the university’s Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services (Drew CARES). Trained in epidemiology, Dr. Harawa’s research involves developing and testing holistic interventions for encouraging prevention, care, and treatment for HIV, STIs, and substance use disorders and leading efforts to examine the impact of various policies on racial/ethnic health disparities. She also directs the Policy Impact Core of the NIMH-funded UCLA Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), which examines how proposed and enacted policies may support or hinder efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the United States and abroad. Because of her commitment to health equity, Dr. Harawa started REACH UCLA Health, a faculty group dedicated to increasing access to the UCLA Health system for people of color and those with publicly-funded health coverage.

Dr. Harawa has conducted innovative research with a variety of populations – including sexual minority men of color, Black and Latina cis-gender women, transgender women of all backgrounds, and sexual and gender minorities who have experienced incarceration. Much of this work has involved partnering with local governmental and community organizations. She currently co-leads two multi-site NIH-funded studies. One examines the impacts of incarceration and related interventions and policies on HIV in Black men who have sex with men through agent-based modelling. The second is testing an intervention to help HIV-positive young people leaving incarceration to link to and be retained in HIV medical care. In addition, she leads a California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) study to test the effectiveness of a peer-supported, incentive- and mobile app-based intervention to encourage PrEP uptake and ongoing HIV/STI screening for people leaving jail.

Work Titles
Charles Drew University Professor, College of Medicine and Science
UCLA Professor, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research Professor, Epidemiology

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310 794-0732

Office Phone Number:

323 563-5899

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310 794-8078

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1100 Glendon Avenue Room 850
Los Angeles, CA 90024


View a up-to-date publication list: PubMed Publications

A selected list of publications:

Dangerfield Ii Derek T, Harawa Nina T, McWells Charles, Hilliard Charles, Bluthenthal Ricky N   Exploring the preferences of a culturally congruent, peer-based HIV prevention intervention for black men who have sex with men Sexual health, 2018; 15(5): 424-430.
Harawa Nina T, Brewer Russell, Buckman Victoria, Ramani Santhoshini, Khanna Aditya, Fujimoto Kayo, Schneider John A   HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infection, and Substance Use Continuum of Care Interventions Among Criminal Justice-Involved Black Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Systematic Review American journal of public health, 2018; 108(S4): e1-e9.
Dangerfield Derek T, Harawa Nina T, Fernandez M Isabel, Hosek Sybil, Lauby Jennifer, Joseph Heather, Frank Heather Guentzel, Bluthenthal Ricky N   Age Cohort Differences in Sexual Behaviors Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women Journal of sex research, 2018; 55(8): 1012-1021.
Dyer Typhanye V, Khan Maria R, Regan Rotrease, Harawa Nina T, Nelson LaRon E, Wilton Leo, Wang Lei, Peng Lili, Ou San San, Shoptaw Steve   Differential Patterns of Risk and Vulnerability Suggest the Need for Novel Prevention Strategies for Black Bisexual Men in the HPTN 061 Study Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999), 2018; 78(5): 491-498.
Cunningham William E, Weiss Robert E, Nakazono Terry, Malek Mark A, Shoptaw Steve J, Ettner Susan L, Harawa Nina T   Effectiveness of a Peer Navigation Intervention to Sustain Viral Suppression Among HIV-Positive Men and Transgender Women Released From Jail: The LINK LA Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA internal medicine, 2018; 178(4): 542-553.
Harawa Nina T, Guentzel-Frank Heather, McCuller William Jason, Williams John K, Millet Gregorio, Belcher Lisa, Joseph Heather A, Bluthenthal Ricky N   Efficacy of a Small-Group Intervention for Post-Incarcerated Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (MSMW) Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2018; 95(2): 159-170.
Lea Charles Herbert, Gideonse Theodore K, Harawa Nina T   An examination of consensual sex in a men's jail International journal of prisoner health, 2018; 14(1): 56-62.
Del Pino Homero E, Harawa Nina T, Liao Diana, Moore Alison A, Karlamangla Arun S   Age and Age Discordance Associations with Condomless Sex Among Men Who Have Sex with Men AIDS and behavior, 2018; 22(2): 649-657.
Joseph Heather A, Pan Yi, Mendoza Maria, Harawa Nina T, Lauby Jennifer, Hosek Sybil G, Bluthenthal Ricky N, Milnamow Mary, Fernandez Maria Isabel, Jeffries William L, Belcher Lisa, Millett Gregorio A   HIV Acquisition and Transmission Potential Among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women in Three U.S. Cities Archives of sexual behavior, 2018; 47(1): 183-194.
Li Michael J, Frank Heather Guentzel, Harawa Nina T, Williams John K, Chou Chih-Ping, Bluthenthal Ricky N   Racial Pride and Condom Use in Post-Incarcerated African-American Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women: Test of a Conceptual Model for the Men in Life Environments Intervention Archives of sexual behavior, 2018; 47(1): 169-181.
Ladapo Joseph A, Richards Adam K, DeWitt Cassandra M, Harawa Nina T, Shoptaw Steven, Cunningham William E, Mafi John N   Disparities in the Quality of Cardiovascular Care Between HIV-Infected Versus HIV-Uninfected Adults in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Study Journal of the American Heart Association, 2017; 6(11): 169-181.
Beymer Matthew R, Harawa Nina T, Weiss Robert E, Shover Chelsea L, Toynes Brian R, Meanley Steven, Bolan Robert K   Are Partner Race and Intimate Partner Violence Associated with Incident and Newly Diagnosed HIV Infection in African-American Men Who Have Sex with Men? Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2017; 94(5): 666-675.
Bruce Marino A, Martins David, Duru Kenrik, Beech Bettina M, Sims Mario, Harawa Nina, Vargas Roberto, Kermah Dulcie, Nicholas Susanne B, Brown Arleen, Norris Keith C   Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults PloS one, 2017; 12(5): e0177618.
Harawa Nina T, Amani Bita, Rohde Bowers Jane, Sayles Jennifer N, Cunningham William   Understanding interactions of formerly incarcerated HIV-positive men and transgender women with substance use treatment, medical, and criminal justice systems The International journal on drug policy, 2017; 48(5): 63-71.
Harawa Nina T, Manson Spero M, Mangione Carol M, Penner Louis A, Norris Keith C, DeCarli Charles, Scarinci Isabel C, Zissimopoulos Julie, Buchwald Dedra S, Hinton Ladson, Pérez-Stable Eliseo J   Strategies for enhancing research in aging health disparities by mentoring diverse investigators Journal of clinical and translational science, 2017; 1(3): 167-175.
Nelson LaRon E, Wilton Leo, Moineddin Rahim, Zhang Nanhua, Siddiqi Arjumand, Sa Ting, Harawa Nina, Regan Rotrease, Dyer Typhanye Penniman, Watson Christopher C, Koblin Beryl, Del Rio Carlos, Buchbinder Susan, Wheeler Darrell P, Mayer Kenneth H, Mayer Kenneth H   Economic, Legal, and Social Hardships Associated with HIV Risk among Black Men who have Sex with Men in Six US Cities Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2016; 93(1): 170-88.
Bracken Natalie, Hilliard Charles, McCuller William J, Harawa Nina T   Facilitators of HIV Medical Care Engagement Among Former Prisoners AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education, 2015; 27(6): 566-83.
Harawa Nina T, Obregon Nora B, McCuller William J   Partnerships between Black Women and Behaviorally Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV Risk and Prevention Sexuality & culture, 2014; 18(4): 570-891.
Asare Bempong Gerald, Ramamurthi Hema C, McCuller Jason, Williams John K, Harawa Nina T   Recruiting Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in an Urban Setting for HIV Prevention Research Journal of AIDS & clinical research, 2014; 6(1): 570-891.
Harawa N, Wilton L, Wang L, Mao C, Kuo I, Penniman T, Shoptaw S, Griffith S, Williams J K, Cummings V, Mayer K, Koblin B, Koblin B   Types of female partners reported by black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) and associations with intercourse frequency, unprotected sex and HIV and STI prevalence AIDS and behavior, 2014; 18(8): 1548-59.
Ford Chandra L, Harawa Nina T   A new conceptualization of ethnicity for social epidemiologic and health equity research Social science & medicine (1982), 2010; 71(2): 251-258.
Harawa Nina T, Ford Chandra L   The foundation of modern racial categories and implications for research on black/white disparities in health Ethnicity & disease, 2009; 19(2): 209-17.
Harawa Nina, Adimora Adaora   Incarceration, African Americans and HIV: advancing a research agenda Journal of the National Medical Association, 2008; 100(1): 57-62.

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