Gina Wingood, ScD, MPH

  • Sidney and Helaine Lerner Professor of Public Health Promotion (in Sociomedical Sciences)
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Gina M. Wingood, ScD, MPH, is the Sidney and Helaine Lerner Professor of Public Health Promotion, Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Director of the Health Communication Certificate, Director of the T32 on Social Determinants of HIV, and Co-Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. Dr. Wingood is a distinguished researcher and academic leader in the health promotion field, with decades of expertise designing, evaluating, and disseminating interventions that reduce health disparities in HIV. Dr. Wingood dedicated her life to developing gender- and culturally tailored HIV prevention interventions for African American women. She has received international acclaim for her research on social determinants of health and was previously featured in Science as a highly-funded African American NIH grant recipient. Dr. Wingood's Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics in AIDS (SISTA) intervention and five other HIV prevention interventions have been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented widely across the country and globally. She has been invited twice as a speaker to the White House to share her experience with evidence-based, HIV interventions. Dr. Wingood published over 350 peer-reviewed articles across a wide array of public health and medical journals and served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over 20 grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Academic Appointments

  • Sidney and Helaine Lerner Professor of Public Health Promotion (in Sociomedical Sciences)

Administrative Titles

  • Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
  • Director of the T32 Social Determinants of HIV at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences
  • Director of the Health Communications Certificate at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences
  • Co-Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1985 Boston University
  • MPH, 1990 University of California
  • ScD, 1995 Harvard University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Invited Speaker, White House National HIV/AIDS Policy Office, Gender Based Violence and HIV Prevention for African American Women

Invited Speaker, Inaugural White House Meeting on Women and HIV

Distinguished Scientist Lecture, Doris Dukes Medical Research Institute, University of Kwazulu Natal, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine

Honorable Glen Bixby Memorial Lecture, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health

Board Member, Institute of Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, 2007 - 2011

Committee Member, Institute of Medicine, Committee on Methodological Challenges In HIV Prevention Trials, 2007 - 2010

Editorial Boards

Cultural Diversity and Mental Health

Gendered Medicine

Honors & Awards

John P. McGovern Award in Health Promotion, University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health

Prevention Pioneer Award in HIV/AIDS from the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Georgia Department of Community Health, Office of Minority Health

Eminent Women in Science Scholar Award, Rutgers University

Agnes Moore Endowed Faculty in HIV Research, Emory University

Allen Edwards Endowed Lectureship in Psychology


Selected Publications

Wingood GM, Robinson LR, Braxton ND, Er DL, Conner AC, Renfro TL, Rubtsova aA, Hardin JW & DiClemente RJ. (2013). Comparative Effectiveness of a Faith-Based HIV Intervention for African American Women: Importance of Enhancing Religious Social Capital. American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). 103(12): 2226-2233.

Wingood GM, Reddy P, Lang DL, Saleh-Onoya D, Braxton N, Sifunda S, DiClemente RJ. (2013). Efficacy of SISTA South Africa on Sexual Behavior and Relationship Control Among isiXhosa Women in South Africa: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. JAIDS. 63:S59-S65. PMID: 23673889.

Wingood GM, Rubtsova A, DiClemente RJ, Metzger D, Blank M. (2013). A New Paradigm for Optimizing HIV Intervention Synergy: The Role of Interdependence in Integrating HIV Prevention Interventions. JAIDS. 63:S108-S113. PMCID: PMC3660840.

Wingood GM, Simpson-Robinson L, Braxton ND, Raiford JL. (2011). Design of a Faith- Based HIV Intervention: Successful Collaboration between University and a Church. Health Promotion and Practice. 12(6):823-31. PMID: 21511996.

Wingood GM, DiClemente RJ, Mikhail I, Lang DL, McCree DH, Davies SL, Hardin JW, Hook EW. (2004). A randomized controlled trial to reduce HIV transmission risk behaviors and STDs among women living with HIV: The WiLLOW Program. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 37:S58-S67. PMID: 15385901.

Wingood GM, DiClemente RJ. (2000). Application of the theory of gender and power to examine HIV-related exposures, risk factors, and effective interventions for women. Health Education & Behavior, 27(5):539-565. PMID: 11009126.

Wingood GM, DiClemente RJ. (1998).Partner influences and gender-related factors associated with noncondom use among young adult African-American women. American Journal of Community Psychology, 26(1):29-51. PMID: 9574497.

Wingood GM, DiClemente RJ. (1997). Child sexual abuse, HIV sexual risk and gender relations of African-American women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 13(5):380-384. PMID: 9315271.