Dr. Nina Harawa currently serves as TL1 Program Director and Communicating PI on the upcoming renewal of the UCLA CTSI. Dr. Harawa serves as a senior faculty member and has have extensive knowledge and expertise to share related to community engaged-research, epidemiology, developing and testing health service and behavioral interventions, and HIV-related policy and practice. Additionally, Dr. Harawa currently mentors two health professional student mentees, two post-doctoral trainees, and four junior faculty members.
While serving as co-Director for the National Coordinating Center for the NIA-funded Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, Dr. Harawa studied fundamental principles of successful approaches to mentorship and published on best practices for mentorship of underrepresented minority groups in health sciences. One of her ongoing leadership roles, Director of the Policy Impact Core of the NIMH-funded UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), also involves providing mentorship to and training scholars in the areas of policy research and implementation science.
Dr. Harawa’s research, which has been funded by NIH, CDC, and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, has focused on the distribution and determinants of HIV/STD risk behaviors, disease, and service utilization in underserved populations. In addition, Dr. Harawa has developed and tested several holistic interventions to promote HIV/STI/substance abuse prevention and linkage to services in these groups. Dr. Harawa is particularly interested in the socioeconomic, substance-use related, and contextual factors affecting the health service utilization patterns of sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic minorities.
Dr. Harawa’s research has included both qualitative and quantitative observational studies and randomized controlled trials – generally conducted in community settings often in partnership with the local health department and using community-partnered research approaches. These interventions addressed the roles of culture, social/familial support, homophobia, racism, substance abuse, and gender expectations in health risk behaviors and health care engagement.