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Nina Harawa

Adjunct Associate Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyPart Time
Contact Information

Charles Drew University
1731 East 120th Street
3rd FLoor, Hawking Blkd., Rm. 3090
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Areas of Interest: 

HIV epidemiology, prevention, testing, and retention in care; Sexually transmitted diseases epidemiology and prevention; Health disparities and social determinants of health; Incarceration and health; Stress and health disparities.

Dr. Nina Harawa is an Associate Professor with the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and adjunct faculty at UCLA. She received her both her Masters (1995) and PhD (2001) in Epidemiology from UCLA. She has partnered with several local organizations to conduct innovative community-based research in a variety of populations. In an effort to foster methodologically sound and effective approaches to addressing health disparities, Dr. Harawa has also written about conceptual issues in the categorization and analysis of racial and ethnic groups in public health research. She regularly shares her knowledge and findings by presenting data to community, policy, and academic groups. In addition, she launched the Breaking the Silence events, a series of one-day conferences and trainings designed to educate and empower women of color and their providers in order to improve sexual health ( Dr. Harawa was awarded the Center for Health Justice’s Pioneer Award in 2007 and the NAACP’s Unsung Hero Award in 2011.

MPH., Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
PhD., Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Leibowitz Arleen A, Harawa Nina, Sylla Mary, Hallstrom Christopher C, Kerndt Peter R Condom Distribution in Jail to Prevent HIV Infection.. AIDS and behavior. 2012; .

Duru O Kenrik, Harawa Nina T, Kermah Dulcie, Norris Keith C Allostatic load burden and racial disparities in mortality.. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2012; 104(1-2): 89-95.

Harawa Nina T, McCuller William J, Chavers Constance, Janson Mike HIV Risk Behaviors Among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina Female Partners of Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women.. AIDS and behavior. 2012; .

Harawa Nina T, Leng Mei, Kim Junyeop, Cunningham William E Racial/ethnic and gender differences among older adults in nonmonogamous partnerships, time spent single, and human immunodeficiency virus testing.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2011; 38(12): 1110-7.

Harawa Nina T, Sweat Jeffery, George Sheba, Sylla Mary Sex and condom use in a large jail unit for men who have sex with men (MSM) and male-to-female transgenders.. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved. 2010; 21(3): 1071-87.

Sylla Mary, Harawa Nina, Grinstead Reznick Olga The first condom machine in a US jail: the challenge of harm reduction in a law and order environment.. American journal of public health. 2010; 100(6): 982-5.

Williams, Ramamurthi, Manago, Harawa Learning From Successful Interventions: A Culturally Congruent HIV Risk-Reduction Intervention for African American Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women.. American journal of public health. 2009; .

Harawa Nina T, Bingham Trista A, Butler Qiana R, Dalton Karen S, Cunningham William E, Behel Stephanie, MacKellar Duncan A Using arrest charge to screen for undiagnosed HIV infection among new arrestees: a study in Los Angeles County.. Journal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. 2009; 15(2): 105-17.

Javanbakht Marjan, Murphy Ryan, Harawa Nina T, Smith Lisa V, Hayes Mary, Chien Michael, Kerndt Peter R Sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevalence among incarcerated men who have sex with men, 2000-2005.. Sexually transmitted diseases. 2009; 36(2 Suppl): S17-21.

Harawa Nina T, Williams John K, Ramamurthi Hema C, Manago Cleo, Avina Sergio, Jones Marvin Sexual behavior, sexual identity, and substance abuse among low-income bisexual and non-gay-identifying African American men who have sex with men.. Archives of sexual behavior. 2008; 37(5): 748-62.

Harawa Nina, Adimora Adaora Incarceration, African Americans and HIV: advancing a research agenda.. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2008; 100(1): 57-62.