Shonali M. Choudhury

Title/Position: Research Assistant Professor

Shonali M. Choudhury is a research assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She completed her PhD at the UCLA School of Public Health with concentrations in community health and women’s studies. She joins the faculty after working in the non-profit research realm in various organizations in Hartford, CT. She most recently was part of a team of researchers at the Institute for Community Research for the Translation of the Risk Avoidance Partnership (RAP) for Drug Treatment Clinic Implementation – “RAP-Clinic.” She has previously taught at and the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Science and Quinnipiac University where she has organized community HIV awareness events. She is a member of international organizations such as the International AIDS Society. She is also a section councilor for the Population and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her research focuses on HIV prevention and harm/risk reduction among vulnerable population such as sex workers and drug users both globally and nationally.

Shonali Choudhury, PhD

BA, Multidisciplinary Studies, Bard College, 2001
MMH, Medical Humanities, Drew University, 2003
PhD, Public Health/Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009

Primary Teaching Areas
Health Disparities
Qualitative Research Methods

Research and Academic Interests
HIV prevention/risk reduction among vulnerable populations
Women’s empowerment and health promotion
Peer education/advocacy
Substance abuse and HIV
Hispanic/Latino(a) health disparities
Global health

Publications (selected)
Choudhury, S.M., Anglade, D., Park, K. (2013).  From violence to sex work: Agency, escaping violence, and HIV risk among establishment-based female sex workers in tijuana, mexico.  Journal of the  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24(4), 368- 382. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2013.03.002

Heilemann, M. V., Choudhury, S. M., Kury, F. S., & Lee, K. A. (2012). Factors associated with sleep disturbance in women of mexican descent. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(10), 2256-66. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05918.x

Presentations (selected)
Weiss-Laxer,N., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Campos, N., Deleon, D., Mitchell, E.,  Choudhury, S.M., & Peragallo, N.  (2012, October). Cultivating university and community partnerships in the development of an undergraduate public health program.  Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.

Carroll-Scott, A., Humphries, D., Choudhury, S.M., Tien. T., .Mitchell , L., & Fiellin, D. (2012, October). Understanding  ommunity-based organization capacity to engage in research that supports their mission to improve community health.  Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association.  San Francisco, CA. 

Choudhury, S.M. (2012, October). From violence to selling sex:  Can sex work be empowering for women who have experienced inter-personal violence? Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association. San Francisco, CA.

Choudhury, S.M. (2012, September). Emic perspectives on the role of the regulation system on the health of female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico.  2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, DC. 

Choudhury, S.M. (2012, September). From Sex Work to Working Together for Safer Sex: Lessons Learned for a “Big Sister” Model for Health Promotion among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico.  International Conference of the National Hispanic Science Network, San Diego, CA.

Major Accomplishments / Honors
UCLA HIV/AIDS Translational Training (HATT) Fellowship for early career faculty and postdoctoral fellows (R25); 2009-2011

Inducted into Delta Omega-Honor Society in Public Health (2010)

Elizabeth Blackwell, MD Award from the UCLA Center for the Study of Women for outstanding paper/dissertation relating to women and health; 2009

UCLA School of Public Health Quality of Graduate Education (QGE) Award for Doctoral Students; 2008-2009; 2007-2008

UCLA School of Public Health Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award; 2008

UCLA Global Health Program Travel Grant; 2007

UCLA School of Public Health Quality of Graduate Education (QGE) Award for Paper Presented at a Conference; 2008, 2007, 2006

UCLA Students of Color for Public Health Scholarship; 2006

UCLA Public Health Student Association Outstanding Student Award; 2005

California Endowment Fellowship for Graduate Studies (UCLA); 2004-2005

Dean’s Graduate Student Scholarship – Drew University; 2001-2003

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