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Assistant Professor
Tiara Willie

Departmental Affiliations


Tiara C. Willie, PhD, MA, researches how gender-based violence, mental health, and sexual health together advance trauma-informed policies, programs, and interventions.

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Research Interests

gender-based violence; intimate partner violence; reproductive coercion; childhood victimization; intersectionality; social determinants of health; sexual and reproductive health; HIV; mental health; substance use; health disparities; implementation science; mixed methods;
Experiences & Accomplishments
Yale School of Public Health
Southern Connecticut State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Willie aims to understand the distribution, determinants, and health consequences of gender-based violence (e.g., intimate partner violence, reproductive coercion, child sexual abuse) in order to reduce the prevalence of violence and related comorbidities. Guided by the social ecological model, her research focuses on individual-, relationship-, community-, and societal-level determinants of gender-based violence and examines the health implications of gender-based violence in order to develop interventions to reduce violence and improve mental, sexual, and reproductive health.
Honors & Awards
NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar (2019)

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (2018)

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop HIV/AIDS Research Award (2016)

Dean’s Emerging Scholars Research Award at Yale University (2016)
Select Publications
Selected publications from the last 5 years
  • Willie TC, Kershaw TS, Blackstock O, Galvao RW, Safon CB, Tekeste M, Ogburn DF, Wilbourn B, Modrakovic D, Taggart T, Kaplan C, Caldwell A, Calabrese SK. Racial and ethnic differences in women's HIV risk and attitudes towards pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the context of the substance use, violence, and depression syndemic. AIDS Care. 2020 May 14;:1-10. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1762067. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Willie TC, Olavarrieta CD, Scolese A, Campos P, Falb KL, Gupta J. Intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion against a clinic-based sample of low-income women in Mexico City: A latent class analysis. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2020 Mar 5;. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13139. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Willie TC, Stockman JK, Keene DE, Calabrese SK, Alexander KA, Kershaw TS. Social Networks and Its Impact on Women's Awareness, Interest, and Uptake of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Implications for Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Apr 1;80(4):386-393. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001935.
  • Willie TC, Keene DE, Kershaw TS, Stockman JK. "You Never Know What Could Happen": Women's Perspectives of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in the Context of Recent Intimate Partner Violence. Womens Health Issues. 2020 Jan - Feb;30(1):41-48. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2019.08.001.
  • Willie TC, Callands TA, Kershaw TS. Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Autonomy and Postpartum STD Prevention Among Young Couples: A Mediation Analysis. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 Mar;50(1):25-32. doi: 10.1363/psrh.12050.