Deanna Kerrigan, PhD, MPH

Dr. Kerrigan is a professor of sociology and the director of the Center on Health, Risk, and Society at American University, and an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). Her research focuses on understanding and addressing structural factors affecting the health of underserved populations, including community-based HIV prevention interventions among female sex workers in Latin America and Africa, funded through the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as the introduction of long-acting injectable forms of HIV prevention and treatment. 

She has contributed to multiple UN initiatives such as WHO’s Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV and STI among Sex Workers and led the World Bank/UNFPA-sponsored book, The Global Epidemics of HIV among Sex Workers. Previously, she was the co-director of the Prevention Core of the NIH-funded Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and now serves on the executive committee of the DC CFAR. She previously directed the USAID-funded Research to Prevention, a global HIV prevention implementation science project. 

Dr. Kerrigan is a peer reviewer for NIH review panels and major HIV/AIDS and public health publications, and has received numerous fellowships and teaching awards. She holds an MPH from Tulane University and a PhD in international health from JHPSH.