Julia Raifman, ScD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MSc, Harvard School of Public Health

Julia Raifman, ScD, SM, uses econometric methods to conduct research on policy drivers of health inequities and on structural barriers and facilitators of HIV and STI prevention and treatment. Her policy research includes studies linking state LGBT rights and mental health based on difference-in-differences approaches to causal inference. In her ongoing research, Dr. Raifman is evaluating policy drivers of racial and ethnic health inequities. In her work on HIV and STIs, she has published studies on interventions to improve HIV (pre-exposure prophylaxis) PrEP awareness and uptake and documented racial and ethnic disparities in PrEP awareness. She has also highlighted that young men who have sex with men are less likely to report receiving HIV education in school, despite accounting for most new cases of HIV. She is currently evaluating PrEP implementation in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dr. Raifman's research has been covered in the New York Times, The Guardian, National Public Radio, and The Advocate.

Dr. Raifman teaches Quantitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research. She enjoys mentoring students and is committed to promoting the success of diverse students.

Dr. Raifman received her doctoral and masters degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins prior to joining Boston University.

2018 Altmetric: Top 100 articles of 2017
2017 JAMA Pediatrics: Best paper by a trainee
2016 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Postdoctoral recognition award
2016 Johns Hopkins Delta Omega Society: First place, policy and practice research
2011-2015 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Doctoral fellowship and stipend
2009-2011 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Masters fellowship
2007 Tufts University: Class of 1942 Prize: Most likely to become an outstanding university teacher or administrator

A Structural Approach to improving HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Implementation Among High Risk Men
07/11/2018 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Evaluating HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Implementation Using an All Payers Claims Database
09/01/2017 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIMH

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  1. Knopov A, Sherman RJ, Raifman JR, Larson E, Siegel MB. Household Gun Ownership and Youth Suicide Rates at the State Level, 2005-2015. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Mar; 56(3):335-342.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30661885.
  2. Raifman JR, Schwartz SR, Sosnowy CD, Montgomery MC, Almonte A, Bazzi AR, Drainoni ML, Stein MD, Willie TC, Nunn AS, Chan PA. Brief Report: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Awareness and Use Among Cisgender Women at a Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Jan 01; 80(1):36-39.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30531295; DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001879;.
  3. Raifman J, Althoff K, Rebeiro PF, Cheever LW, Hauck H, Aberg J, Gebo K, Moore R, Berry SA. HIV viral suppression after transition from having no healthcare coverage and relying on Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Support to Medicaid or private health insurance. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Dec 24. PMID: 30590421.
  4. Raifman J. Sanctioned Stigma in Health Care Settings and Harm to LGBT Youth. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Aug 01; 172(8):713-714. PMID: 29868716.
  5. Raifman J, Galea S. The New US "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division": Imposing Religious Beliefs on Others. Am J Public Health. 2018 Jul; 108(7):889-890.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29874507; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304488;.
  6. Raifman J, Moscoe E, Austin SB, Hatzenbuehler ML, Galea S. Association of State Laws Permitting Denial of Services to Same-Sex Couples With Mental Distress in Sexual Minority Adults: A Difference-in-Difference-in-Differences Analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Jul 01; 75(7):671-677.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29799924.
  7. Chan PA, Crowley C, Rose JS, Kershaw T, Tributino A, Montgomery MC, Almonte A, Raifman J, Patel R, Nunn A. A Network Analysis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Online Hookup Sites Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. Sex Transm Dis. 2018 Jul; 45(7):462-468. PMID: 29465663.
  8. Lee AJ, Montgomery MC, Patel RR, Raifman J, Dean LT, Chan PA. Improving Insurance and Health Care Systems to Ensure Better Access to Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Prevention. Sex Transm Dis. 2018 04; 45(4):283-286. PMID: 29465707.
  9. Raifman J, Lam F, Keller JM, Radunsky A, Savedoff W. How well are aid agencies evaluating programs? An assessment of the quality of global health evaluations. J Dev Effect. 2018; 10(2):277-289. PMID: 30275927.
  10. Raifman J, Sherman SG. U.S. Guidelines that empower women to prevent HIV with pre-exposure prophylaxis: Women and PrEP Guidelines. Sex Transm Dis. 2018 Feb 15. PMID: 29465635.
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