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Tonya N. Taylor, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program



  • International Relations and Political Science (Double Major); Minor, Spanish Language and Literature, Boston University, 1990


  • Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
    Thesis Title: "Reading (SNAP!) is Fundamental: A Discursive Strategy for Social Conformity In the Black Gay Community

Joint PhD:

  • Anthropology and Folklore & Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
    Dissertation Title: "Healing the Trauma of Everyday Life: Traditional Medicine and HIV/AIDS in Rural Zimbabwe."
    Certificate African Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2005


  • Biostatistics (Clinical Research Methods), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2009


  • Career Development Award (KO1 MH095670). The Prevention Needs of Older Women with HIV, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 2011.
  • T32 Postdoctoral Training: "Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV Infection" HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2009
  • Butler-William Scholar, 2013 Summer Institute on Aging Research, National Institute of Aging
  • Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health Scholar. 2014-2016

Career / Research Interests

  • HIV and Aging
  • Sexual and Reproductive Culture
  • Health- and Treatment-Seeking Behaviors
  • Comparative Systems of Health and Healing
  • HIV Prevention
  • Sexual Risk Behaviors
  • Health Disparities
  • Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Taylor, T. N., Munoz-Plaza, C., Goparaju, L., Stephen E. Karpiak, S.E., Minkoff, H.L., Holman, S., ... & Wilson, T. E. (2016). "The pleasure is better as I've gotten older": Sexual Health, Sexuality, and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Older Women Living with HIV. Archives of Sexual Behavior, In Press
  • Taylor, T. N., Weedon, J., Golub, E. T., Karpiak, S. E., Gandhi, M., Cohen, M. H., ... & Wilson, T. E. (2014). Longitudinal Trends in Sexual Behaviors with Advancing Age and Menopause Among Women With and Without HIV-1 Infection. AIDS and Behavior, 1-10. DOI 10.1007/s10461-014-0901-1
  • Wilson, T. E., Fraser-White, M., Williams, K. M., Pinto, A., Agbetor, F., Camilien, B., Henny, K., Browne, R., Gousse, Y., Taylor, T., Brown, H., Taylor, R., Joseph, M. A. (2014). Barbershop Talk With Brothers: Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Develop and Pilot Test a Program to Reduce HIV Risk Among Black Heterosexual Men. AIDS education and prevention: official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education,26(5), 383.
  • Taylor, TN., Joseph, MA., Henny, KD., Pinto, AR., Agbetor, F., Camilien, B., Williams, KM., Browne, RC., White, M., Gousse, Y., Brown, H., Taylor, RD., Wilson, TE. Perceptions of HIV Risk and Explanations of Sexual Risk Behavior Offered by Heterosexual Black Male Barbershop Patrons in Brooklyn, NY. (In Press) In Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
  • Taylor, TN., Mantell, JE., Nywagi N., Cishe, N., Cooper, D. (2014) "He lacks his fatherhood": Assisted reproductive technologies and the biological imperative of fatherhood among Xhosa-speaking men living with HIV in South Africa. Culture Health and Sexuality, 15(9), 1101-1114.
  • Taylor, Tonya N., and Stephen Karpiak. (In Press). "HIV Prevention in Persons 50 and Older." In Encyclopedia of AIDS. Thomas Hope, Douglas D. Richman, Mario Stevenson [Eds.] Springer Science+ Business \Media, LLC.
  • Shaw R, McKenzie S, Taylor T, Olafiranye O, Boutin-Foster C, Ogedegbe G, Jean-Louis G. Beliefs and attitudes toward obstructive sleep apnea evaluation and treatment among blacks. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2012, 104(11-12):510-519. (PMID:23560353)
  • Valera, Pamela, & Taylor, Tonya. The religious experiences of Black married men who have sex with men. Journal of Black Psychology, 2011;42(1):106-22.
  • Taylor, Tonya N. "Because I was in Pain:" The Performance of Healing in the Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in rural Zimbabwe. Journal of American Folklore, Volume 123, Number 489, Summer 2010, pp. 304-328
  • Taylor, Tonya N., Dolezal, C, Tross, S Holmes, W. The Reliability and Validity of Two HIV/AIDS- specific quality of life instruments with a presumptive HIV+ population in rural Zimbabwe. In AIDS Car, Vol. 21, No. 5, May 2009, 598-607
  • Taylor, Tonya N., Dolezal, C, Tross, S Holmes, W. Comparison of HIV/AIDS- specific Quality of Life Change in Zimbabwean Patients at Biomedical versus Traditional Medicine Care Sites. In J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2008 Dec 15; 49(5):552-6.
  • Taylor, Tonya N. (2007) A Place of Troubles: The Political Ecology of HIV/AIDS in Chipinge, Zimbabwe. In Safundi: Volume 8, Issue 2 April 2007, pages 223 - 256
  • Taylor, Tonya. (2004) Shona Folklore. In Encyclopedia of African Folklore edited by Philip Peek and Kwesi Yankah. New York and London: Routledge.
  • Taylor, Tonya. (1998) Blaming the Infected Other: An Epidemic of Discrimination. University of Pennsylvania 5th Annual African Studies Conference