Brandon Brown, PhD, MPH
Brandon Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Healthy Communities, Division of Clinical Sciences, University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine, is a bilingual (English/Spanish) health services researcher with over 10 years of research experience on sexually transmitted infections with a focus on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention. His research focus includes the global impact, stigma, and ethics of human papillomavirus virus (HPV) and HIV and his research activities include work on HIV and HPV-related disease, and cancer prevention among underserved populations in the United States, Peru, Mexico and Nigeria.
Dr. Brown is the Research Director at Peruvian non-governmental organization (NGO), Epicentro Salud, and collaborates on HIV -related research projects with other organizations including the Coachella Valley Community Research Initiative in Riverside County, California. He is helping create new programs within the newly formed UCR Center for Healthy Communities, partnering with local community centers and public health practitioners in building a robust research portfolio in the growing field of HIV and aging. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the International Society of Vaccines, the Global Health Council, APHA, and the UC Global Health Institute. He has authored over 70 publications and is a regular reviewer for high impact journals.
Dr. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics from UC Irvine, a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a recipient of a 2015 HIV Prevention Trials Network Scholarship sponsored by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): https://www.hptn.org/research/scholars/scholars/dr-brandon-brown
“Differences in age and ethnicity in HIV testing and perceptions of HIV risk in the Coachella Valley.” Dr. Brown’s RCMAR/CHIME- and UCLA CTSI-funded secondary-data analysis project seeks to explore differences in self-reported HIV risk and willingness to get tested by participants in the 2014 Get Tested Coachella Valley (GTCV) Community Survey. Differences in HIV testing and testing perceptions by age and ethnicity will inform culturally competent interventions to promote HIV testing among Latinos and older minority adults. We will characterize differences in HIV testing history, perceived HIV self-risk, and perceptions of HIV testing among older adults compared to younger adults, explore the effect of income, health status, location, and gender of partner on HIV testing related practices and perceptions, identify differences in HIV testing history, perceived HIV self-risk, and perceptions of HIV testing by ethnicity (Latinos and African Americans vs Whites), and explore the effect of income, health status, location, and gender of partner on HIV testing related practices and perceptions.