Jennifer Jain, MPH, is a PhD Candidate in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use. Her interest in substance use began in 2007 during her time as a youth mentor in one of San Francisco’s most marginalized neighborhoods, where she witnessed the criminalization of addiction. This inspired her to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on community health, social justice and substance use interventions. Since then, she has been involved in exploring the intersection between substance use and infectious disease at the University of California, San Francisco.
Her work as a project director at UCSF led her to pursue doctoral studies in substance use research. As project director, Jennifer had the unique experience of managing all operational aspects of the studies she was leading, as well as delivering a positive affect based intervention to active substance-users. She has over six years of experience on randomized controlled trials, prospective cohort studies and clinical trials. Her research has focused on substance use, HIV, HCV and sexual risk behaviors among marginalized populations, including HIV+ men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs. Jennifer has also conducted research on the rates and correlates of syphilis re-infection, biomarkers of alcohol consumption and the parameters of HIV infection in people who inject drugs.