Margaret Paschen-Wolff, DrPH, MSW

Post-doctoral Fellow, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies


 Tel: (646) 774-6970

Margaret Paschen-Wolff, DrPH, MSW, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. She received a Doctorate in Public Health from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and a Master of Science in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work.

Dr. Wolff's research involves examining how minority stress and stigma influence sexual behaviors associated with STI and HIV transmission, sexual health and HIV care access and outcomes, and substance use among sexual minority populations.  

Her research mainly focuses on sexual minority women using multidimensional constructs of sexual orientation (e.g., measured in terms of sexual identity, sexual behavior, and/or attraction). She is particularly interested in using quantitative and qualitative approaches to develop a broader understanding of the factors contributing to both risk behaviors and resiliency among sexual minority women. Dr. Wolff hopes to apply research findings to ultimately improve sexual health and substance abuse treatment services for sexual minority women of diverse sexual identities.


Boston University, Boston, MA,
BA - English Literature - 2004

Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY
MSW - International Social Welfare & Policy - 2010

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, New York, NY
DrPH- Public Health - 2017

Professional Experience:

2005-2008: Project Coordinator, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

2008-2009: Social Work Intern, Children & Youth Services, Sanctuary for Families, Brooklyn, NY

2009: Social Work Intern, Red de Voluntarios de Amigos Siempre Amigos (LGBT Human Rights Program), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Social Work Intern, LGBTQ Human Rights Program, Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, New York, NY

2010: Health Policy Intern & Program Consultant, Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY

Graduate Research Assistant, Columbia School of Social Work, New York, NY

2010-2012: Project Manager, Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), New York, NY

2012-2015: Data Manager/Research Specialist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of STD Prevention and Control, Queens, NY

2015: Teaching Assistant, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, New York, NY

2015-2017: Project Director and Senior Clinical Research Associate, Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY

2017: Adjunct Assistant Professor – Social Work Practice in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Columbia School of Social Work, New York, NY

Honors and Awards:

2009: Graduate Internship Grant, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University Institute of Latin American Studies

2016: New Investigator Travel Award, International Women’s & Children's Health & Gender (InWomen's) Group Conference

2017: Student Travel Award, CLAGS, the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY

Travel Award for Early Career Investigators, College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 79th Annual Scientific Meeting