Sheree Schwartz, PhD '11, MPH '07, uses implementation science frameworks and methods to optimize HIV prevention and treatment for women and marginalized populations in the U.S and globally.
implementation science; HIV treatment and prevention; reproductive health and rights; safer conception; female sex workers; key populations; pregnancy; PMTCT; Ending the HIV Epidemic; South Africa; differentiated care
Experiences & Accomplishments
My research focuses broadly on optimizing HIV prevention and treatment outcomes for populations most vulnerable to or disproportionately affected by HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S., including female sex workers, serodifferent couples, pregnant women, young women, and men who have sex with men. My work utilizes implementation science frameworks and methodologies to design and evaluate implementation strategies to improve uptake and adherence to evidence-based biomedical interventions. My training is in infectious disease epidemiology and I have technical expertise in reproductive health and implementation research. I am the Director of the Inter-Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Implementation Science and HIV Training Fellowship for early stage investigators, Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins University CFAR Implementation Science Core, Co-Director of the Implementation Science Technical Consultation Hub for the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium, and a member of the Key Populations Program at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights.
Honors & Awards
2022- Protocol Chair, Identifying Optimal Rapid Status Neutral Implementation Strategies to End
the HIV Epidemic in the U.S: A Multi-site Preparatory Study
2021- Co-Director, Implementation Science Core, Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Johns Hopkins University
2020- Co-Director, Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC) Implementation Science Consultation Hub
2019- Director, inter-CFAR Fellowship in Implementation Science and HIV for Early Stage Investigators
2015 Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
2012-2013 Fogarty Global Health Fellow
2012 Delta Omega Honor Society
Schwartz SR, Smith JD, Hoffmann C, Hansoti B, Mishra S, Means AR, Go V, Sherr K, Nash D, Sullivan P, Baral S. Implementing Implementation Research: Teaching Implementation Research to HIV Researchers. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2021 Jun;18(3):186-197. doi: 10.1007/s11904-021-00551-4. Epub 2021 Mar 11.
Schwartz SR, Bassett J, Mutunga L, Yende N, Mudavanhu M, Phofa R, Sanne I, Van Rie A. HIV incidence, pregnancy and implementation outcomes from the Sakh’umndeni Safer Conception Project in South Africa: a prospective cohort study. Lancet HIV. 2019 Jul;6(7):e438-e446. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(19)30144-4. Epub 2019 May 31.
Schwartz SR, Rao A, Rucinski KB, Lyons C, Viswasam N, Comins CA, Olawore O, Baral S. HIV-related Implementation Research for Key Populations: Designing for Individuals, Evaluating across Populations, and Integrating Context. JAIDS. 2019 Dec;82 Suppl 3:S206-S216. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002191.
Holmes L, Kaufman MR, Casella A, Mudavanhu M, Mutunga L, Polzer T, Bassett J, Van Rie A, Schwartz S. Qualitative characterizations of relationships among South African adolescent girls and young women and male partners: implications for engagement across HIV self-testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis prevention cascades JIAS. 2020 Jun;23 Suppl 3(Suppl 3):e25521. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25521.
Schwartz S, Rees H, Mehta S, Venter WDF, Taha ET, Black V. High Incidence of Unplanned Pregnancy after Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation: Findings from a Prospective Cohort Study in South Africa. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e36039. Epub 2012 Apr 27.