Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, is Director of the UC San Diego Global Health Initiative. She is a Harold Simon Professor, and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine, where she leads a research and training program focusing on infectious diseases of global health importance. Dr. Strathdee is Associate Dean for Global Health Sciences and is thereby responsible for providing leadership in all matters pertaining to global health within UC San Diego Health Sciences for the Global Health Initiative, including research, education, training, faculty recruitment, strategic planning, fundraising and partnerships. Dr. Strathdee is also the Co-Director of the International Core of the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
Dr. Strathdee is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has spent the last two decades focusing on HIV prevention in underserved, marginalized populations in developed and developing countries, including injection drug users, men having sex with men, and sex workers. In the last decade, she has published over 500 peer-reviewed publications on HIV prevention and the natural history of HIV and related infections and the evaluation of interventions to reduce harms among substance using populations. Currently, she is engaged in a number of HIV/STI prevention projects in international settings including Mexico, India, Canada and Afghanistan. She also leads three NIH-funded studies of HIV risk behaviors among drug users and sex workers on the Mexico-US border, one of which is funded through 2020 by a MERIT award granted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She directs a Fogarty-funded AIDS Training Program between academic institutions in San Diego and Tijuana. Dr. Strathdee also directs the UCSD Global Health Initiative.