Alissa Davis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies

Email: ad3324@cumc.columbia.edu

Alissa Davis, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Indiana University-Bloomington and her M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.

Dr. Davis’s research focuses on the socio-cultural risk factors that contribute to the acquisition of HIV and STDs and on commonly occurring co-problems, such as intimate partner violence and infectious diseases. She is particularly interested in examining these issues within the context of social inequalities and health disparities. Her research interests also include improving access to HIV and STD testing and care, particularly through the use of innovative technologies, such as rapid point-of-care tests, and novel strategies, such as the implementation of social network programs or the provision of health services in non-traditional venues. Her international regions of focus include post-Soviet Central Asia, Russia, and China. 

EDUCATION

Brigham Young University-Idaho
BA - 2008 - Social Studies Education

Syracuse University
MA - 2010 - International Relations

Indiana University-Bloomington
PhD - 2015 - Epidemiology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007-2008: University Tutor, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

2008: Student Teacher, Sandcreek Middle School, Idaho Falls, Idaho

2010: Intern, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland

Intern, Oratorium Youth Crisis Center, Astrakhan, Russia

2011: Mental Health Technician, Bloomington Meadows Hospital, Bloomington, Indiana

2011-2012: Graduate Outreach Assistant, Inner Asian and Uralic Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2012: Research Assistant, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender & Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2012-2014: Research Assistant, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2013-2014: Teaching Assistant, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Online Course Developer, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

2014-2015: Research Assistant, University of North Carolina-South China STI Research Training Center, Guangzhou, China

2015-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical & Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, NY

HONORS AND AWARDS

2005-2008: BYU-Idaho Academic Merit Scholarship

2009: Critical Language Scholarship - Astrakhan, Russia

2011: Critical Language Scholarship - Ufa, Russia

2012: Title VIII Grant, Introductory Uyghur

2012-2013: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Intermediate Uyghur

2014-2015: Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration Dissertation Fellowship

2014-2015: NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowship