Dr. Elizabeth Reed


Elizabeth Reed, ScD, Assistant Professor, has focused her work on gender-based violence and HIV prevention in multiple global settings, with particular attention to the influence of social, economic, and structural factors on risk (e.g. economic position, gender and social inequities and norms, housing instability, neighborhood factors).

Dr. Reed’s recent work in the US has involved investigation of social and environmental contexts in relation to teen dating violence perpetration among boys and men, as well as the mechanisms explaining the link between such perpetration and STI/HIV risk. Abroad, much of her focus has involved investigation of women’s social, economic, and  environmental contexts in influencing exposure to gender-based violence and HIV. In the US and abroad, her work involves population-based research as well as program implementation and evaluation.

Dr. Reed holds an MPH from Boston University and received her ScD in Social Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. She trained as a postdoctoral associate for a year each at Yale University Center for Research on AIDS and at the Duke Global Health Institute.

Selected Publications

  1. Reed, E., Emanuel, A.N., Myers, B., Johnson, K., Wechsberg, W.M. “Feeling I was not in this alone:” The Relevance of Social Contexts and Social Action to Reducing Substance Use and Victimization among Women Participating in an HIV Prevention Intervention in Cape Town, South Africa. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 2013, 4:55-64.
  2. Reed, E., Silverman, J.G., Stein, B., Biradavolu, M., & Blankenship, K.M. The Role of Motherhood in Determining HIV Risk among Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India. AIDS & Behavior. 17(2):543-50.
  3. Reed, E., Biradavolu, M., Gupta, J., Devireddy, V., & Blankenship, K.M. The role of housing in determining HIV risk among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: Considering women's life contexts. Social Science & Medicine. 2011; 72(5):710-6.
  4. Reed, E., Silverman, JG, Raj, A., Decker, M.R., & Miller, E. Male perpetration of teen dating violence: Associations with neighborhood violence involvement, gender attitudes, & perceived peer and neighborhood norms. Journal of Urban Health. 2011; 88(2): 226-239.
  5. Reed, E., Gupta, J., Biradavolu, M., Devireddy, V., & Blankenship, K.M. The context of economic insecurity and relation to violence and risk factors for HIV among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India. Public Health Reports. 2010;125(Suppl 4): 81–89.
  6. Reed, E., Silverman, J.G., Miller, E. & Raj, A. Losing the “Gender” in Gender-Based Violence: The missteps in research on dating and intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women. 2010;16: 348-354.

Research Projects:

  1. Economic and Social Empowerment To Increase Upwards Mobility among Women: Microfinance and HIV Prevention : http://gph.ucsd.edu/cgeh/work-impact/economic-empowerment/Pages/ESTIMAMicrofinance.aspx


  2. Economic Debt, Drug Use, and HIV Risk among Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico:  http://gph.ucsd.edu/cgeh/work-impact/economic-empowerment/Pages/economic-debt-hiv.aspx 

  3. STI Risk and Violence among Adolescent Females: http://gph.ucsd.edu/cgeh/work-impact/adolescent-sexual-violence/Pages/sti-risk-violence.aspx

  4. Evaluation of Woman Care Global's MAX Abortion Access Program: http://gph.ucsd.edu/cgeh/work-impact/family-planning/Pages/EvaluationWomanCareGlobalMAX.aspx

  5. Perceptions of HIV Prevention Research Participation among Women Working as Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: http://gph.ucsd.edu/cgeh/work-impact/voilence-hiv/Pages/perception-fsw.aspx

  6. Adolescent Dating Violence and Sexual Health Study: http://gph.ucsd.edu/cgeh/work-impact/adolescent-sexual-violence/Pages/adolescent-dating-violence.aspx