Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise: Health Disparities, Intersectional Stigma, Racial Inequalities in Health Care, Social Determinants of Health, HIV/STI Prevention, Reproductive Justice
Prema Filippone is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She earned a PhD and MS in Social Work from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Before joining NYU, Prema was a recipient of the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship at Columbia University.
Prema is interested in understanding how systematic exclusion, stigmatization and discrimination serve as drivers for HIV-related health disparities in local and global communities. Her research examines the effects of intersectional stigma and discrimination on health decisions, the ways in which vulnerable communities engage in the HIV Care Continuum, and HIV-related health outcomes affected by persistent barriers to HIV/STI prevention and treatment. Her dissertation work utilized mixed methods to evaluate the effects of intersectional stigma on the health decisions among vulnerable women living with HIV in Masaka region, Uganda. Prema’s future research aims to better understand intersectional stigma as one of the fundamental causes of HIV health disparities and to establish culturally adaptive and cost-effective innovative interventions to improve HIV-related health outcomes among poorly engaged persons living with HIV and vulnerable local communities affected by poverty, gender-based violence, and syndemic conditions—HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental illness. At NYU Silver School of Social Work, Prema will implement the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) framework to develop and evaluate culturally salient intervention components that address the effects of intersecting stigmas on effective HIV prevention and treatment engagement among populations living in high-risk local contexts. Prema has co-authored publications appearing in the Journal for Interpersonal Violence, Advances in Social Work, BMC Women’s Health, eClincial Medicine: The Lancet Discovery Science, Methodological Innovations, AIDS Education and Prevention, and Health Education & Behavior.