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Associate Professor
Haneefa Saleem

Departmental Affiliations

Social and Behavioral Interventions

Haneefa Tasleem Saleem, PhD ’14, MPH, ’09, conducts research to inform and evaluate approaches aimed at improving HIV prevention and treatment and other health outcomes for people who use drugs globally.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E5033

Research Interests

Qualitative research; HIV/AIDS; Substance use; Substance use disorders; People who use drugs; Implementation Science; Harm reduction; Structural determinants of health

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

I use qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the social, behavioral, and structural aspects of health—both in the U.S. and globally. My current research focuses on the intersections of substance use and HIV and is advancing knowledge of the mechanisms through which structural and social factors affect substance use and HIV prevention and treatment behaviors and outcomes. In partnership with longtime collaborators in Tanzania, I am exploring the risk environment of women who use drugs, including the structural and social mechanisms that place women at elevated risk for HIV, poor treatment engagement and outcomes, violence, and overdose. I conduct research to inform and evaluate implementation approaches aimed at improving access to and outcomes of substance use disorder treatment for people who use drugs in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. Through my research I hope to not only translate knowledge and lessons learned from the U.S. to low- and middle-income countries, but also seek to learn from global experiences to bring innovative ideas and perspectives to address our domestic HIV and opioid epidemics.

Honors & Awards

Gustav J. Martin Award for Innovation in HIV Research, JHU CFAR Scholar Career Development Award (2017)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, U.S. Department of Education (2013)

Robert and Helen Wright Award, Department of International Health, JHSPH (2013)

Georgeda Buchbinder Award, Department of International Health, JHSPH (2011)

International Maternal and Child Health Training Grant, NICHD (2010-2011)

Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, Alpha Chapter (2009)

Milken Scholar (2000-2004)

Select Publications

Selected publications from the last 5 years

  • Saleem, H. T., Likindikoki, S., Silberg, C.*, Mbwambo, J. & Latkin, C. (2021). Time-space constraints to HIV treatment engagement among women who use heroin in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: A time geography perspective. Social Science & Medicine, doi:

  • Saleem, H.T., Zhang, L.*, Silberg, C.*, Latkin, C. & Likindikoki, S. (2021). Structural, everyday, and symbolic violence and the heightened vulnerability to HIV of women who use drugs in Tanzania. SSM – Qualitative Research in Health,

  • Saleem, H. T., Likindikoki, S., Nonyane, B.A.S., Nkya, I.H., Zhang, L.*, Mwambo, J. & Latkin, C. (2021). Correlates of non-fatal opioid overdose among women who use drugs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, doi:

  • Saleem, H. T., Likindikoki, S., Nonyane, B.A.S., Mwambo, J. & Latkin, C. (2021). High occurrence of witnessing opioid overdose in a sample of women who use heroin in Tanzania: Implications for overdose prevention. International Journal of Drug Policy, doi:

  • Cooke, A., Saleem, H., Hassan, S., Mushi, D., Mbwambo, J. & Lambdin, B. (2019). Patient and provider perspectives on implementation barriers and facilitators of an integrated opioid treatment and HIV care intervention. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, doi:

Optimizing PrEP Engagement among Women who use Drugs in Tanzania
Social Networks, Methadone Treatment Retention, and Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Tanzania
Improving the Quality of Community-Academic Partnerships