Amanda Miller, M.S
, is a PhD Student in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Global Health track. She is working with Dr. Jennifer Wagman at the Center for Gender Equity and Health as a Predoctoral Fellow. She is a recipient of the Training Program in Substance Use, HIV and Related Infections (T32) fellowship (PI Steffanie Strathdee) and her research interests include gender equity, HIV, and HIV related co-morbidities, such as gender-based violence, other sexually transmitted infections and substance abuse.
Amanda grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Physical Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her M.S. in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco. Her graduate capstone project was a critical examination of conceptions of gender within a prominent South African masculinities-based gender transformative intervention to reduce gender-based violence and HIV and promote gender equality. After graduation she returned to Cape Town, South Africa to co-author a lessons learned paper on the topic.
Most recently, Amanda worked as a research public health analyst at RTI International’s Women’s Global Health Imperative. In this role she worked on a number of projects aimed at increasing access and uptake of HIV services, including AHA, a qualitative study of women’s reasons for non-adherence to a vaginal dapivirine (HIV PrEP) ring while participating in a randomized controlled clinical trial of the product in six African countries and Jikinge, a study aimed at increasing awareness of HIV status and linkage to care among women at high-risk of HIV and their partners through primary and secondary distribution of HIV self test kits (HIVST) in Kenya.