Developing an economic and relationship-strengthening intervention for HIV-affected couples who drink alcohol in Malawi

Amy Conroy, PhD MPH is a behavioral scientist with multidisciplinary training from the fields of public health, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Broadly, her research seeks to understand and intervene upon health behaviors related to HIV/AIDS, alcohol consumption, mental health, and intimate partner violence within international and domestic settings. Her research is grounded in theory from the field of relationship science and employs mixed-methods and innovative dyadic analysis techniques to understand health behavior within heterosexual and same-sex couples. Her primary research aims to understand how relationship factors and primary partners impact engagement in HIV care and treatment in southern Africa (Malawi and South Africa). Her group is currently in the process of piloting an economic and relationship-strengthening intervention for HIV-affected couples who drink alcohol, to ultimately improve relationship functioning and mental/physical health. She is also involved in other global health projects including the Adolescent Shamba Maisha study in Kenya, which examines the impact of an agricultural livelihood intervention on young adolescent girls' sexual and reproductive health, and parent-child relationships. Finally, her research leverages data from the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study to examine how gender-based violence impacts food insecurity and HIV treatment outcomes in an effort to develop effective, trauma-informed health interventions for vulnerable U.S. women.


This talk will be the second half of the January CFAR Seminar:

Steven Shoptaw, PhD will discuss-  Methamphetamine and HIV: The Next Decade of HIV Prevention

Wednesday, January 15 at 9:00am to 10:00am

Carr Auditorium, ZSFG Building 3

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School of Medicine, Global Health Sciences


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