Brooke S. West

Brooke S. West, PhD, is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on the social determinants of HIV/STI and reproductive health among marginalized populations. Dr. West has a MA in Sociology from Cornell University and a joint PhD in sociology and public health from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Previous research includes a mixed methods study assessing how HIV risk environments for drug-using Malaysian fishermen were shaped by occupational context, social network relationships and conceptualizations of masculinity. In addition to her work in Malaysia, Dr. West has conducted HIV research with women involved in sex work in India, with migrant marketplace workers in Kazakhstan, and has looked at the intersection between gender, water/sanitation, and HIV health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining UCSD in 2014, she worked as the Principal Research Associate on a NIDA-funded study assessing changes over time in the HIV epidemic among injection drug users in 96 of the largest cities in the United States. 

In the Division of Global Public Health, Dr. West examines the ways in which physical and social characteristics of venues predict substance use and HIV/STI transmission among female sex workers and injectors in Tijuana, Mexico (PI: K01DA041233). Dr. West is particularly interested in using place-based and network data to design structural HIV prevention interventions for underserved populations. She also contributes to a number of global health projects focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Selected Publications:

  1. West BS, Abramovitz D, Staines H, Vera A, Patterson TL, and SA Strathdee. (2016). Predictors of injection cessation and relapse among female sex workers who inject drugs in two Mexican-US border cities. Journal of Urban Health 93(1): 141-154.
  2. Conners EE, West BS, Roth AM, Meckel-Parker KG, Kwan MP, Magis-Rodriguez C, Staines-Orozco H, Clapp JD, Brouwer KC. (2016). Quantitative, Qualitative and Geospatial Methods to Characterize HIV Risk Environments. PLoS One 11(5): e0155693
  3. Cooper HLF, West BS, Linton S, Hunter-Jones J, Zlotorzynska M, Stall R, Wolfe Mary E, Williams L, Hall HI, Cleland C, et al. (2016). Contextual predictors of injection drug use among Black adolescents and adults in US metropolitan areas, 1993-2007. American Journal of Public Health 106(3): 517-26.
  4. West BS, Pouget ER, Tempalski B, Cooper HLF, Hall HI, et al. (2015). Female and male differences in AIDS incidence among people who inject drugs in large US metro areas from 1993-2007. Annals of Epidemiology. 25(4): 218-225.
  5. Strathdee SA, West BS, Reed E, Moazan B, Azim T, et al. (2015). Substance use and HIV among female sex workers and female prisoners: Risk environments and implications for prevention, treatment and policies. JAIDS. 69(suppl 2): S110-S117.
  6. West BS, Choo MK, El-Bassel N, Gilbert L, Wu E and A Kamarulzaman. (2014). Safe havens and rough waters: Networks, place, and the navigation of risk among drug-using Malaysian fishermen. International Journal of Drug Policy 25(3): 575-582.
  7. Friedman SR, West BS, Tempalski B, Morton C, Cleland C, Des Jarlais DC, Hall HI, and HLF Cooper. (2014). Do metropolitan HIV epidemic histories and programs for people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men predict AIDS incidence and mortality among heterosexuals? Annals of Epidemiology 24(4): 304-311.
  8. Pouget ER, West BS, Tempalski B, Cooper HLF, Hall HI, Hu X, and SR Friedman. (2014). Persistent racial/ethnic disparities in AIDS diagnosis rates among people who inject drugs in US metropolitan areas,1993-2007. Public Health Reports 129(3): 267-279.
  9. West BS, Hirsch JS, and El-Sadr W.  (2013). HIV and H20: Tracing the connections between gender, water and HIV.  AIDS and Behavior 17(5): 1675-1682.
  10. Friedman SR, West BS, Pouget ER, Hall HI, Cantrell J, Tempalski B, Chatterjee S, Hu X, HLF Cooper, Galea S, and DC Des Jarlais. (2013). Metropolitan social environments and pre-HAART/HAART era changes in mortality rates among IDUs living with AIDS. PLoS ONE.
  11. Mantell JE, West BS, Sue K, Hoffman S, Exner TM, Kelvin E, and ZA Stein. (2011). Health Care Providers:  A Missing Link in Understanding Acceptability of the Female Condom.  AIDS Education and Prevention 23(1): Jan-Feb. PMID: 21341961, PMCID: PMC3099532.
  12. Blankenship, Kim, West BS, Kershaw T, and MR Biradavolu. (2008). Power, Community Mobilization and Condom Use Practices among Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India.  AIDS 22(suppl 5): S1-S8. PMID: 19098471.