Jackie White Hughto, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Epidemiology at the Brown School of Public Health. She is also faculty within the Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity at Brown University and an Adjunct Investigator at the Fenway Institute of Fenway Health in Boston, an interdisciplinary research center focused on understanding and improving health outcomes for sexual and gender minority populations and those at risk for or living with HIV. She received a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health, an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a BA in Psychology from Boston University.
Employing methods from the fields of epidemiology and behavioral science, Dr. Hughto examines the individual, interpersonal, and structural drivers of health inequities, with a focus on the impact of stigma on the health of sexual and gender minority populations, people who use drugs, and those living with HIV. Her research also includes the development and testing of bio-behavioral interventions to prevent and treat substance use disorder, overdose, HIV, and poor mental health in diverse populations domestically and internationally.
Dr. Hughto is currently the PI of two federally-funded grants including an NIGMS-funded award through the COBRE on Opioids and Overdose that involves the development and testing of a behavioral intervention to improve retention in care for individuals receiving medications for opioid use disorder; and a Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) grant that explores engagement in the HIV prevention and care continuum for transgender and cisgender people using insurance claims data. She is also a Co-Investigator on five federally-funded grants, including a CDC-funded mixed-method study exploring the epidemiology of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts (NU17CE002724); an R34 that involves the development and testing of a PrEP uptake and adherence intervention for transgender women in Los Angeles (1R34MH122499-01A1); an R34 that involves the development and testing of an ART adherence intervention for sexual and gender minority youth in Brazil (1R34MH126894-01); a COBRE-funded pilot award that uses mixed methods to identify facilitators and barriers to substance use treatment for transgender people in Rhode Island (P20GM125507); and a pilot study funded by the NIAID-supported Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) that uses mixed-methods to explores PrEP uptake and adherence among transgender youth across the US (P30AI042853).
Dr. Hughto has authored more than 80 publications. Her research has also been cited in expert testimony before state and federal courts to advance the health of gender minority and other underserved populations.