Sylvia Shangani, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

PhD, Brown University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sylvia Shangani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also a visiting research scientist at Yale University School of Public, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her primary research is focused on HIV prevention among vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Specifically, she seeks to understand underlying behavioral and social risk factors for health inequities in HIV and mental health outcomes. Additionally, she examines the role of social vulnerability in the health outcomes of marginalized groups (individuals living with HIV, Black women, sexual minorities, people who use drugs, and Black immigrants). Lastly, she uses implementation science research to inform the design and evaluations of community-engaged behavioral interventions to reduce risks and improve the health of vulnerable individuals. Dr. Shangani received her PhD in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences from Brown University School of Public Health.

Providence/Boston CFAR Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Program
05/01/2023 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID


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  1. Shangani S, Masa R, Zimba M, Zimba G, Operario D. Food insecurity and depressive symptoms among young people living with HIV in Eastern Zambia. Int J STD AIDS. 2023 Sep 14; 9564624231201917. PMID: 37707955
  2. Masa R, Baca-Atlas SN, Shangani S, Forte AB, Operario D. Family Rejection, Socioeconomic Precarity, and Exchanging Sex for Food among Young Transgender Adults: Findings from the U.S. Transgender Survey. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2023; 34(2):549-568. PMID: 37464517
  3. Shangani S, van den Berg JJ, Dyer TV, Mayer KH, Operario D. Childhood sexual abuse, alcohol and drug use problems among Black sexual minority men in six US Cities: Findings from the HPTN 061 study. PLoS One. 2022; 17(12):e0279238. PMID: 36548261; PMCID: PMC9778556; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0279238;
  4. Operario D, Sun S, Bermudez AN, Masa R, Shangani S, van der Elst E, Sanders E. Integrating HIV and mental health interventions to address a global syndemic among men who have sex with men. Lancet HIV. 2022 08; 9(8):e574-e584. PMID: 35750058; PMCID: PMC7613577; DOI: 10.1016/S2352-3018(22)00076-5;
  5. Shangani S, Genberg B, Harrison A, Pellowski J, Wachira J, Naanyu V, Operario D. Sexual Prejudice and Comfort to Provide Services to Men Who Have Sex with Men Among HIV Healthcare Workers in Western Kenya: Role of Interpersonal Contact. AIDS Behav. 2022 Mar; 26(3):805-813. PMID: 34406550; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-021-03440-4;
  6. Masa R, Shangani S, Operario D. Socioeconomic Status and Psychosocial Resources Mediate Racial/Ethnic Differences in Psychological Health Among Gay and Bisexual Men: A Longitudinal Analysis Using Structural Equation Modeling. Am J Mens Health. 2021 Mar-Apr; 15(2):15579883211001197. PMID: 33724073; PMCID: PMC7970305; DOI: 10.1177/15579883211001197;
  7. Shangani S, Bhaskar N, Richmond N, Operario D, van den Berg JJ. A systematic review of early adoption of implementation science for HIV prevention or treatment in the United States. AIDS. 2021 02 02; 35(2):177-191. PMID: 33048881; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002713;
  8. Shangani S, Genberg B, Harrison A, Pellowski J, Wachira J, Naanyu V, Operario D. Cultural adaptation and validation of a measure of prejudice against men who have sex with men among healthcare providers in western Kenya. Glob Public Health. 2022 01; 17(1):150-164. PMID: 33306434; PMCID: PMC8192581; DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1860248;
  9. Shangani S, Gamarel KE, Ogunbajo A, Cai J, Operario D. Intersectional minority stress disparities among sexual minority adults in the USA: the role of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Cult Health Sex. 2020 04; 22(4):398-412. PMID: 31144598; PMCID: PMC6884660; DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1604994;
  10. Ogunbajo A, Kang A, Shangani S, Wade RM, Onyango DP, Odero WW, Harper GW. Awareness and Acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in Kenya. AIDS Care. 2019 10; 31(10):1185-1192. PMID: 31039628; PMCID: PMC6663573; DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1612023;
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