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Nina Harawa, PhD
Title Professor
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree PhD
Institution University of California at Los Angeles
Department Psychiatry
Clusters College of Medicine
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1731 E. 120th Street, Building J
1731 E. 120th Street, Building J
City Los Angeles
State CA
Postal Code 90059
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  Dr. Nina Harawa is an Associate Professor with the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and an Associate Professor in Residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Trained in Epidemiology, her research involves understanding trends in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and developing effective, culturally relevant prevention interventions. She has partnered with several local organizations to conducted innovative community-based research in a variety of populations – including high-risk African American men, sexually active African American and Latina women, older adults, and incarcerated and post-incarcerated men and women. In an effort to foster methodologically sound and effective approaches to addressing health disparities, Dr. Harawa has also written about conceptual issues in the categorization and analysis of racial and ethnic groups in health research. She regularly shares her knowledge and findings by presenting data to community, policy, and academic groups. In addition, she launched the Breaking the Silence events, a series of one-day conferences and trainings designed to educate and empower women of color and their providers in order to improve sexual health (www.breakingthesilenceevent.com). Dr. Harawa has received a number of awards for her community-based research and HIV education efforts, including an Unsung Hero Award from the NAACP in 2011.

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  Research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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2018HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM5R01DA039934-04
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2018HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM3R01DA039934-04S1
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2017HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM5R01DA039934-03
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2017Youth Services Navigation Intervention for HIV+ adolescents and young adults being released from incarceration: A randomized control trial1R01MD011773-01
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2017HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM3R01DA039934-03S1
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2016HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM5R01DA039934-02
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2016HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM3R01DA039934-02S1
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2016Reducing HIV/STD Risk in African American Women with At-Risk Male Partners4P20MD000182-15
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2015Reducing HIV/STD Risk in African American Women with At-Risk Male Partners5P20MD000182-14
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2015HIV intervention models for criminal justice involved substance-using Black MSM1R01DA039934-01
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2014Reducing HIV/STD Risk in African American Women with At-Risk Male Partners5P20MD000182-13
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2013Reducing HIV/STD Risk in African American Women with At-Risk Male Partners5P20MD000182-12
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2012Reducing HIV/STD Risk in African American Women with At-Risk Male Partners2P20MD000182-11
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2011REDUCING HIV RISK BEHAVIORS &PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESSORS AMONG BISEXUAL AFR/AMER MEN5P20MD000182-10
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2010REDUCING HIV RISK BEHAVIORS &PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESSORS AMONG BISEXUAL AFR/AMER MEN5P20MD000182-09
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2010Understanding Female Partners of Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV/STD Risk 5SC3GM083780-03
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2009Understanding Female Partners of Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV/STD Risk 3SC3GM083780-02S1
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2009Understanding Female Partners of Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV/STD Risk 5SC3GM083780-02
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2009REDUCING HIV RISK BEHAVIORS &PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESSORS AMONG BISEXUAL AFR/AMER MEN5P20MD000182-08
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2008REDUCING HIV RISK BEHAVIORS &PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESSORS AMONG BISEXUAL AFR/AMER MEN5P20MD000182-07
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2008Understanding Female Partners of Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV/STD Risk 1SC3GM083780-01
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2007REDUCING HIV RISK BEHAVIORS &PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESSORS AMONG BISEXUAL AFR/AMER MEN2P20MD000182-06

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1. Beymer MR, Harawa NT, Weiss RE, Shover CL, Toynes BR, Meanley S, Bolan RK. Are Partner Race and Intimate Partner Violence Associated with Incident and Newly Diagnosed HIV Infection in African-American Men Who Have Sex with Men? J Urban Health. 2017 Jun 14.
2. Bruce MA, Martins D, Duru K, Beech BM, Sims M, Harawa N, Vargas R, Kermah D, Nicholas SB, Brown A, Norris KC. Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults. PLoS One. 2017; 12(5):e0177618.
3. Harawa NT, Holloway IW, Leibowitz A, Weiss R, Gildner J, Landovitz RJ, Perez MJ, Kulkarni S, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Shoptaw S. Serious concerns regarding a meta-analysis of preexposure prophylaxis use and STI acquisition. AIDS. 2017 Mar 13; 31(5):739-740.
4. Del Pino HE, Harawa NT, Liao D, Moore AA, Karlamangla AS. Age and Age Discordance Associations with Condomless Sex Among Men Who Have Sex with Men. AIDS Behav. 2017 Jan 31.
5. Li MJ, Frank HG, Harawa NT, Williams JK, Chou CP, Bluthenthal RN. 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. Arch Sex Behav. 2016 Apr 26.
6. Nelson LE, Wilton L, Moineddin R, Zhang N, Siddiqi A, Sa T, Harawa N, Regan R, Dyer TP, Watson CC, Koblin B, Del Rio C, Buchbinder S, Wheeler DP, Mayer KH. Economic, Legal, and Social Hardships Associated with HIV Risk among Black Men who have Sex with Men in Six US Cities. J Urban Health. 2016 Feb; 93(1):170-88.
7. Bracken N, Hilliard C, McCuller WJ, Harawa NT. Facilitators of HIV Medical Care Engagement Among Former Prisoners. AIDS Educ Prev. 2015 Dec; 27(6):566-83.
8. Harawa NT, Norris KC. The Role of Ethnic Variation and CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Sep 28.
9. Asare Bempong G, Ramamurthi HC, McCuller J, Williams JK, Harawa NT. Recruiting Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in an Urban Setting for HIV Prevention Research. J AIDS Clin Res. 2014 Dec 30; 6(1).
10. Harawa NT, Obregon NB, McCuller WJ. Partnerships between Black Women and Behaviorally Bisexual Men: Implications for HIV Risk and Prevention. Sex Cult. 2014 Dec; 18(4):570-891.
11. Harawa N, Wilton L, Wang L, Mao C, Kuo I, Penniman T, Shoptaw S, Griffith S, Williams JK, Cummings V, Mayer K, 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 Behav. 2014 Aug; 18(8):1548-59.
12. McCuller WJ, Harawa NT. A Condom Distribution Program in the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail: Sheriff Deputies' Attitudes and Opinions. J Correct Health Care. 2014 Jun 16; 20(3):195-202.
13. Piwowar-Manning E, Fogel JM, Laeyendecker O, Wolf S, Cummings V, Marzinke MA, Clarke W, Breaud A, Wendel S, Wang L, Swanson P, Hackett J, Mannheimer S, Del Rio C, Kuo I, Harawa NT, Koblin BA, Moore R, Blankson JN, Eshleman SH. Failure to Identify HIV-Infected Individuals in a Clinical Trial Using a Single HIV Rapid Test for Screening. HIV Clin Trials. 2014 Mar-Apr; 15(2):62-8.
14. Dyer TP, Regan R, Wilton L, Harawa NT, Ou SS, Wang L, Shoptaw S. Differences in Substance Use, Psychosocial Characteristics and HIV-Related Sexual Risk Behavior Between Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in Six US Cities. J Urban Health. 2013 Dec; 90(6):1181-93.
15. Leibowitz AA, Harawa N, Sylla M, Hallstrom CC, Kerndt PR. Condom distribution in jail to prevent HIV infection. AIDS Behav. 2013 Oct; 17(8):2695-702.
16. Harawa NT, Williams JK, McCuller WJ, Ramamurthi HC, Lee M, Shapiro MF, Norris KC, Cunningham WE. Efficacy of a culturally congruent HIV risk-reduction intervention for behaviorally bisexual black men: results of a randomized trial. AIDS. 2013 Jul 31; 27(12):1979-88.
17. Paxton KC, Williams JK, Bolden S, Guzman Y, Harawa NT. HIV Risk Behaviors among African American Women with at-Risk Male Partners. J AIDS Clin Res. 2013 Jul 25; 4(7):221.
18. Harawa NT, McCuller WJ, Chavers C, Janson M. HIV risk behaviors among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina Female partners of men who have sex with men and women. AIDS Behav. 2013 Mar; 17(3):848-55.
19. Bingham TA, Harawa NT, Williams JK. Gender role conflict among African American men who have sex with men and women: associations with mental health and sexual risk and disclosure behaviors. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jan; 103(1):127-33.
20. Duru OK, Harawa NT, Kermah D, Norris KC. Allostatic load burden and racial disparities in mortality. J Natl Med Assoc. 2012 Jan-Feb; 104(1-2):89-95.
21. Harawa NT, Leng M, Kim J, Cunningham WE. Racial/ethnic and gender differences among older adults in nonmonogamous partnerships, time spent single, and human immunodeficiency virus testing. Sex Transm Dis. 2011 Dec; 38(12):1110-7.
22. Maree CL, Eells SJ, Tan J, Bancroft EA, Malek M, Harawa NT, Lewis MJ, Santana E, Miller LG. Risk factors for infection and colonization with community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Los Angeles County jail: a case-control study. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Dec 1; 51(11):1248-57.
23. Harawa NT, Sweat J, George S, Sylla M. Sex and condom use in a large jail unit for men who have sex with men (MSM) and male-to-female transgenders. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Aug; 21(3):1071-87.
24. Ford CL, Harawa NT. A new conceptualization of ethnicity for social epidemiologic and health equity research. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jul; 71(2):251-8.
25. Sylla M, Harawa N, Grinstead Reznick O. The first condom machine in a US jail: the challenge of harm reduction in a law and order environment. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jun; 100(6):982-5.
26. Harawa NT, Bingham TA. Exploring HIV prevention utilization among female sex workers and male-to-female transgenders. AIDS Educ Prev. 2009 Aug; 21(4):356-71.
27. Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Manago C, Harawa NT. Learning from successful interventions: A culturally congruent HIV risk-reduction intervention for African American men who have sex with men and women. Am J Public Health. 2009 Jun; 99(6):1008-12.
28. Harawa NT, Bingham TA, Butler QR, Dalton KS, Cunningham WE, Behel S, MacKellar DA. Using arrest charge to screen for undiagnosed HIV infection among new arrestees: a study in Los Angeles County. J Correct Health Care. 2009 Apr; 15(2):105-17.
29. Mackellar DA, Hou SI, Behel S, Boyett B, Miller D, Sey E, Harawa N, Prachand N, Bingham T, Ciesielski C. Exposure to HIV partner counseling and referral services and notification of sexual partners among persons recently diagnosed with HIV. Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Mar; 36(3):170-7.
30. Javanbakht M, Murphy R, Harawa NT, Smith LV, Hayes M, Chien M, Kerndt PR. Sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevalence among incarcerated men who have sex with men, 2000-2005. Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Feb; 36(2 Suppl):S17-21.
31. Harawa NT, Ford CL. The foundation of modern racial categories and implications for research on black/white disparities in health. Ethn Dis. 2009; 19(2):209-17.
32. Harawa NT, Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Manago C, Avina S, Jones M. Sexual behavior, sexual identity, and substance abuse among low-income bisexual and non-gay-identifying African American men who have sex with men. Arch Sex Behav. 2008 Oct; 37(5):748-62.
33. Harawa N, Adimora A. Incarceration, African Americans and HIV: advancing a research agenda. J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Jan; 100(1):57-62.
34. Harawa NT, Williams JK, Ramamurthi HC, Bingham TA. Perceptions towards condom use, sexual activity, and HIV disclosure among HIV-positive African American men who have sex with men: implications for heterosexual transmission. J Urban Health. 2006 Jul; 83(4):682-94.
35. Harawa NT, Douglas J, McFarland W, Thiede H, Kellogg TA, Vorhees K, Donovan KM, Bingham TA. Trends in HIV prevalence among public sexually transmitted disease clinic attendees in the Western region of the United States (1989-1999). J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Sep 1; 37(1):1206-15.
36. Harawa NT, Greenland S, Bingham TA, Johnson DF, Cochran SD, Cunningham WE, Celentano DD, Koblin BA, LaLota M, MacKellar DA, McFarland W, Shehan D, Stoyanoff S, Thiede H, Torian L, Valleroy LA. Associations of race/ethnicity with HIV prevalence and HIV-related behaviors among young men who have sex with men in 7 urban centers in the United States. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Apr 15; 35(5):526-36.
37. Johnson DF, Sorvillo FJ, Wohl AR, Bunch G, Harawa NT, Carruth A, Castillon M, Jimenez B. Frequent failed early HIV detection in a high prevalence area: implications for prevention. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2003 Jun; 17(6):277-82.
38. Harawa NT, Greenland S, Cochran SD, Cunningham WE, Visscher B. Do differences in relationship and partner attributes explain disparities in sexually transmitted disease among young white and black women? J Adolesc Health. 2003 Mar; 32(3):187-91.
39. Bingham TA, Harawa NT, Johnson DF, Secura GM, MacKellar DA, Valleroy LA. The effect of partner characteristics on HIV infection among African American men who have sex with men in the Young Men's Survey, Los Angeles, 1999-2000. AIDS Educ Prev. 2003 Feb; 15(1 Suppl A):39-52.
40. Harawa NT, Bingham TA, Cochran SD, Greenland S, Cunningham WE. HIV prevalence among foreign- and US-born clients of public STD clinics. Am J Public Health. 2002 Dec; 92(12):1958-63.
41. Moore AA, Morgenstern H, Harawa NT, Fielding JE, Higa J, Beck JC. Are older hazardous and harmful drinkers less likely to participate in health-related behaviors and practices as compared with nonhazardous drinkers? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2001 Apr; 49(4):421-30.
42. Harawa NT, Morgenstern H, Beck J, Moore A. Correlates of knowledge of one's blood pressure and cholesterol levels among older members of a managed care plan. Aging (Milano). 2001 Apr; 13(2):95-104.
43. Daar ES, Little S, Pitt J, Santangelo J, Ho P, Harawa N, Kerndt P, Glorgi JV, Bai J, Gaut P, Richman DD, Mandel S, Nichols S. Diagnosis of primary HIV-1 infection. Los Angeles County Primary HIV Infection Recruitment Network. Ann Intern Med. 2001 Jan 2; 134(1):25-9.
44. Haile RW, Witte JS, Gold M, Cressey R, McGee C, Millikan RC, Glasser A, Harawa N, Ervin C, Harmon P, Harper J, Dermand J, Alamillo J, Barrett K, Nides M, Wang G. The health effects of swimming in ocean water contaminated by storm drain runoff. Epidemiology. 1999 Jul; 10(4):355-63.
45. Plaeger S, Bermudez S, Mikyas Y, Harawa N, Dickover R, Mark D, Dillon M, Bryson YJ, Boyer PJ, Sinsheimer JS. Decreased CD8 cell-mediated viral suppression and other immunologic characteristics of women who transmit human immunodeficiency virus to their infants. J Infect Dis. 1999 Jun; 179(6):1388-94.
46. Gallagher K, Gorre M, Harawa N, Dillon M, Wafer D, Stiehm ER, Bryson Y, Song D, Dickover R, Plaeger S. Timing of lymphocyte activation in neonates infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 1997 Nov; 4(6):742-7.
47. Mikyas Y, Aziz N, Harawa N, Gorre M, Neagos N, Nogueira M, Wafer D, Dillon M, Boyer PJ, Bryson YJ, Plaeger S. Immunologic activation during pregnancy: serial measurement of lymphocyte phenotype and serum activation molecules in HIV-infected and uninfected women. J Reprod Immunol. 1997 Jun; 33(2):157-70.

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1. Harawa NT, Manson SM, Mangione CM, Penner LA, Norris KC, DeCarli C, Scarinci IC, Zissimopoulos J, Buchwald DS, Hinton L, Pérez-Stable EJ. . J Clin Transl Sci. Strategies for enhancing research in aging health disparities by mentoring diverse investigators. 2017; 1-9.

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