Emeka Okafor, PhD, MPH

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Dr. Okafor’s research interests focuses on the epidemiology of substance use among persons living with or at-risk for HIV infection and other vulnerable populations. He is interested in the design, implementation and evaluation of substance use interventions for these populations. His research also involves bridging behavioral measures (particularly substance use) with biological markers of clinical outcomes in epidemiologic and intervention science.

Current Courses Taught

  • PUBH 5337: Public Health Concepts in Epidemiology

Selected Publications:

Meanley SP, Stall RD, Dakwar O, Egan JE, Friedman MR, Haberlen SA, Okafor CN, Teplin LA, Plankey MW. Characterizing Experiences of Conversion Therapy Among Middle-Aged and Older Men Who Have Sex with Men from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). Sexuality Research and Social Policy. June 2019: doi.org/10.1007/s13178-019-00396-y

Okafor CN, Xinguang C, Surkan P, Martin EM, Plankey M, Shoptaw S, Cook RL, Li M. Associations between Current and Cumulative Exposure to Marijuana and Changes in Cognitive Processing Speed and Flexibility for 17-years in HIV-seropositive and HIV-seronegative Men in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Subst Use Misuse. January 2019: doi: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1495736

Okafor CN, Barnett W, Zar HJ, Nhapi R, Koen N, Shoptaw S, Stein DJ. Associations of Emotional, Physical, or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence and Depression Symptoms among South African Women in a Prospective Cohort Study. J Interpers Violence. August 2018:886260518796522. doi:10.1177/0886260518796522.

Li MJ, Okafor CN, Gorbach PM, Shoptaw S. Intersecting burdens: Homophobic victimization, unstable housing, and methamphetamine use in a cohort of men of color who have sex with men. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018;192:179-185. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.039.

Okafor CN, Christodoulou J, Bantjes J, Qondela T, Stewart J, Shoptaw S, Tomlinson M, Rotherman-Borus MJ. Understanding HIV Risk Behaviors among Young Men in South Africa: A Syndemic Approach. AIDS Behav. July 2018. doi:10.1007/s10461-018-2227-x.