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S. Wilson


Will Beckham, PhD '13, MPH, MA, researches treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, with a focus on LGBTQ health, particularly that of transgender and gender diverse people.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway

Research Interests

Transgender health; HIV prevention, treatment and care; Sexual and reproductive health and rights; Maternal health; Women's health; Sub-Saharan Africa; Gender; Men; Mixed-methods research; Structural interventions; Implementation; Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention; LGBTQ health;

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Yale University School of Public Health
Yale University
Brigham Young University

Dr. S. Wilson (Will) Cole's (he/they) research focuses on socio-structural influences on health, and social and behavioral interventions. He uses implementation science approaches to ensure evidence-based interventions reach populations most in need. They have worked in sexual and reproductive health, including prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, especially among sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender populations, and other sexual and gender minorities.

His research is currently focused on the health of transgender and gender diverse people. He also teaches courses on global LGBTQ health and adapting programs for LGBTQ populations.

Honors & Awards

Excellence in Teaching, Epidemiology of LGBTQ Health, 2019, 2020, 2021
K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, 2017-2022
Gustav J. Martin Award for Innovation in HIV Research, JHU-CFAR, 2016
JHU-CFAR Scholar Career Development Award, 2016
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2013

Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Beckham SW, Sanchez T, Fowler F, Zlororzynska M, Rai R, Sullivan PS, Vannappagari V, Sarkar S, Glick J, Rinehart A, Rawlings KM, and JFP Bridges. (2023). Variation in Preferences for Long-acting Injectable PrEP among US Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Latent Class Analysis. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 2023;37(10)495-503. doi: 10.1089/apc.2023.0109

  • Beckham SW, Mantsios A, Galai N, Likindikoki S, Mbwambo J, Davis W, and D Kerrigan. (2022). Acceptability of Multiple Modalities of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among Female Sex Workers in Tanzania: A Mixed-Methods Study. BMJ Open 2022;12:e058611. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058611. PMCID: PMC9389123 

  • Fazal M, Oles N, Beckham SW, Wang J, Noyes M, Twose C, & D Coon. (2023). Sociodemographics of Patient Populations Undergoing Gender-Affirming Surgery: A Systematic Review of All Cohort Studies. Transgender Health. 2023 Jun;8(3):213-219. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2021.0111. eCollection 2023 Jun. PMCID: PMC10278024.

  • Beckham SW, Glick JL, Schneider K, Allen ST, Shipp L, White RH, Park JN, and SG Sherman. (2022). Latent classes of polysubstance use and associations with HIV risk and structural vulnerabilities among cisgender women who engage in street-based transactional sex in Baltimore City. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(7), 3783. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19073783. PMCID: PMC8997521.

  • Restar A, Jin H, Jarrett BA, Adamson T, Baral S, Howell S, and SW Beckham. (2021). Characterising the Impact of COVID-19 Environment on Mental Health, Gender Affirming Services and Socioeconomic Loss in a Global Sample of Transgender and Non-binary People: A Structural Equation Modelling. (2021). BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e004424. doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2020-004424. PMCID: PMC7985976