Dr. Jennifer A. Wagman


Jennifer A. Wagman, PhD, MHS is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine and Associate Director of UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. Dr. Wagman is a Deputy Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment; a junior faculty member with Boston University's URBAN ARCH (a member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Consortiums for HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Research Translation). Dr. Wagman earned her PhD in Reproductive, Perinatal and Women's Health and her Master’s degree of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her postdoctoral training, completed at UCSD, was in substance use, HIV and related infections. For the past 17 years Dr. Wagman has collaborated with the Rakai Health Sciences Program to examine the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV), reproductive health and HIV infection in rural Uganda, and lead intervention research to find effective, combination IPV and HIV prevention approaches. A Lancet Global Health commentary on her Uganda-based work on joint HIV and IPV programming can be read here. Dr. Wagman’s current work focuses on the epidemiology of alcohol and substance use and their associations with IPV and HIV transmission, and the science of implementing proven successful violence and HIV prevention approaches in low resource settings.

Email: jwagman@ucsd.edu

Selected Publications:

  1. Wagman JA, Charvat B, Thoma ME, Ndyanabo A, Nalugoda F, Ssekasanvu J, Kigozi G, Serwadda D, Kagaayi J, Wawer MJ, Gray RH. Intimate partner violence as a predictor of marital disruption in rural Rakai, Uganda: a longitudinal study. Int J Public Health. 2016 Sep 13. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27624624
  2. Wagman JA, Paul A, Namatovu F, Ssekubugu R, Nalugoda F. Ethical challenges of randomized violence intervention trials: Examining the SHARE intervention in Rakai, Uganda. Psychol Violence. 2016 Jul;6(3):442-451. PMID: 27453794
  3. Wagman JA, Donta B, Ritter J, Naik DD, Nair S, Saggurti N, Raj A, Silverman JG. Husband’s alcohol use, intimate partner violence, and family maltreatment of low-income postpartum women in Mumbai, India. J Interpers Violence. 2016 Jan; pii: 0886260515624235. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26802047 
  4. Wagman JA, King EJ, Namatovu F, Kiwanuka D, Kairania R, Nalugoda F, Serwadda D, Wawer MJ, Gray RH, Brahmbhatt H. Combined Intimate Partner Violence and HIV/AIDS Prevention in rural Uganda: Design of the SHARE Intervention Strategy. Health Care Women Int. 2016;37(3):362-85. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2015.1061526. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26086189
  5. Wagman JA, Gray RH, Campbell JC, Thoma M, Ndyanabo A, Ssekasanvu J, Nalugoda F, Kagaayi J, Nakigozi G, Serwadda D, Brahmbhatt H. Effectiveness of an integrated intimate partner violence and HIV prevention intervention in Rakai, Uganda: analysis of an intervention in an existing cluster randomised cohort. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Jan;3(1):e23-33. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70344-4. Epub 2014 Nov 28. PMID: 25539966 

To see additional publications by Dr. Wagman, please click here.

Current Projects:

In Uganda

  1. Alcohol Epidemiology and Pilot Intervention to Reduce Alcohol, IPV and HIV in Women in Uganda.
    Funding source: NIAAA K01-AA024068 (PI: Jennifer Wagman)
    A collaborative study by the Rakai Health Sciences Program (PI: Fred Nalugoda) and UCSD (PI: Jennifer Wagman) 
  2. Examining Men’s Use of Alcohol and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence and Piloting an Intervention to Reduce These Behaviors in Ugandan Men
    Funding source: Anonymous donor (PI: Jennifer Wagman)
  3. Designing a gender-transformative intervention to involve men and boys in the prevention of intimate partner violence against women and girls in rural Uganda.
    Funding source: Medical Research Council South Africa/Sexual Violence Research Initiative
    A collaborative study by the Rakai Health Sciences Program (PI: Fred Nalugoda) and UCSD (PI: Jennifer Wagman)

In Haiti, Kenya and Tanzania

  1. The SASA! Adaptations Project
    Funding source: United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
    A collaborative study by Raising Voices (PI: Sophie Namy) and UCSD (PI: Jennifer Wagman)

In Russia

  1. Gender Supplement to Zinc for HIV Disease among Alcohol Users: An RCT in the Russia ARCH Cohort. Funding source: U01AA021989-05S1 (PIs: Jeffrey Samet and Matthew Freiberg)

Completed Projects:

  1. The SHARE HIV and Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Trial, Rakai Uganda