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Pamina Gorbach



DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyFull Time
Contact Information

Room: 41-295

Areas of Interest: 

Behaviors associated with the transmission of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, especially at the partnership level; microbicide adherence and acceptability among women and men; behaviors associated with the spread of HIV epidemics internationally (especially SE Asia); methodologies to study sexual behavior

Pamina M. Gorbach is a behavioral epidemiologist whose research focuses on the behaviors involved in transmission and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, methods of measurement at the sexual partnership level, and adherence and acceptability of new methods of HIV prevention including microbicides. She is a Professor at UCLA in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Gorbach trained at Brown University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. Dr. Gorbach serves as an investigator in the Microbicides Trial Network (MTN), the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the Adolescent Trials Network, and a member of the HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) Behavioral Science Working Group.   In Southern California Dr. Gorbach has been PI of studies that follow heterosexual partnerships longitudinally; newly HIV infected men who have sex with men, community studies of drug use and HIV, rectal health studies, and as an investigator on international numerous microbicide studies and clinical trials. Her international experience includes Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mali, Malawi, South Africa, and Ghana.  She teaching Behavioral Epidemiology, Methods in STI/HIV Epidemiology, Advanced Methods in HIV Research, and Principles in Epidemiology in the Department of Epideiology and is a regular lecturer in the University of Washington Principles of STD/HIV Research Annual Summer Course.
DrPH, University of North Carolina
BA, Brown University
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Committee Participation: 

The Behavioral Epidemiology Research Group (BERG) is collaborative group of researchers who focus on sexually transmitted infections including HIV and related issues such as sexual risk and health behaviors, microbicide feasibility and acceptability, HIV/STI prevention/treatment, and substance use practices. We work in diverse communities conducting research in partnership with community agencies, clinics, research organizations, universities, and public health departments. Our current studies focus on:

• Acceptability and adherence of new HIV prevention methods including microbicides
• Transmission behaviors of individuals with recent HIV infection

• Sexual health of young adults
• Anal health and behaviors including anal intercourse and anal hygiene
• Measurement and analysis of partnership level risks for STIs including HIV