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Jeffrey Wickersham, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (AIDS); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Jeffrey Wickersham is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of infectious diseases. His research is focused on improving HIV treatment and prevention outcomes among sexual and gender minorities, including transgender women, gay men, and bisexual men. Dr. Wickersham's research has focused on development of biomedical and behavioral interventions, including peer/patient navigation, implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, development of artificial intelligence-based "chatbot" technology to improve uptake of HIV testing, and adaptation of mHealth applications for transgender women to scale-up HIV testing and linkage to PrEP services. Most of this research is being conducted in Southeast Asia, primarily at sites in Malaysia and Thailand.

Active Research

  • Developing an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot to Promote HIV Testing
    • Grant No: R21AI152927
    • This NIAID-funded R21 focuses on the development and evaluation of an artificial intelligence-based "chatbot" application to improve uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM), including gay and bisexual men, in Malaysia. The project will leverage machine learning technology to create an adaptive and resourceful tool that links and retains vulnerable, high-risk MSM in routine HIV testing and prevention services.
  • Improving HIV testing and PrEP for transgender women through mHealth
    • Grant No: R21AI157857
    • This multiple PI award (Yale: Jeffrey Wickersham; UConn: Roman Shrestha) aims to adapt and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a mHealth smartphone application to improve HIV testing uptake and retention, as well as facilitate linkage to PrEP, for transgender women in Malaysia. The selected application will include a clinician's portal that can empower smaller, community-based health care providers to engage with transgender patients and facilitate continuity of care.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Yale School of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    University of Connecticut (2010)
  • MA
    University of Maine (2005)
  • BA
    Southwestern University (2000)

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