Prema Filippone
Prema L. Filippone, PhD
New York University - Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
New York University - Affiliate, Intervention Innovations Team Lab (IIT-Lab)
PhD, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work
MS, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work
BA, Sociology & Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
Research Interests
Health disparities, intersectional stigma, racial inequalities in health care, social determinants of health, HIV/STI prevention, reproductive justice
Prema Filippone is an Assistant Professor/Provost’s Faculty Fellow at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She earned a PhD and MS in Social Work from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dr. Filippone is interested in understanding how systematic exclusion, stigmatization and discrimination serve as drivers for HIV-related health disparities in local and global communities. Her research examines the effects of intersectional stigma and discrimination on health decisions, the ways in which vulnerable communities engage in the HIV Care Continuum, and HIV-related health outcomes. Her future research aims to better understand intersectional stigma as one of the fundamental causes of HIV health disparities and to establish culturally adaptive and cost-effective innovative interventions to improve HIV-related health outcomes among poorly engaged persons living with HIV and vulnerable local communities affected by poverty, gender-based violence, and syndemic conditions—HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental illness. At NYU Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Filippone is utilizing the multiphase optimization strategy framework to develop and evaluate culturally salient intervention components addressing the effects of intersecting stigmas on effective HIV prevention and treatment engagement among populations living in high-risk contexts.


Jennings Mayo-Wilson L, Yen BJ, Nabunya P, Sensoy Bahar O, Wright BN, Kiyingi J, Filippone PL, Mwebembezi A, Kagaayi J, Tozan Y, Nabayinda J, Witte SS, Ssewamala FM (2023).
Economic abuse and care-seeking practices for HIV and financial support services in women employed by sex work: A cross-sectional baseline assessment of a clinical trial cohort in Uganda
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38 (1-2), NP1920-NP1949. doi: 10.1177/08862605221093680. PMCID: PMC9636073.

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Lizardo M, Hawkins RL, Bangser G, Parameswaran L, Stanhope V, Robinson JA, Karim S, Holloway T, Ramirez PG, Filippone PL, Ritchie AS, Banfield A, Silverman E (2022).
Using the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) framework to optimize an intervention to increase COVID-19 testing for Black and Latino/Hispanic frontline essential workers: A study protocol
BMC Public Health, 22, 1235. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13576-0. PMCID: PMC9210062.

Sensoy Bahar O, Nabunya P, Nabayinda J, Witte SS, Kiyingi J, Jennings Mayo-Wilson L, Filippone P, Yang LS, Nakigudde J, Tozan Y, Ssewamala FM (2022).
“I expected little, although I learned a lot”: Perceived benefits of participating in HIV risk reduction sessions among women engaged in sex work in Uganda
BMC Women's Health, 22 (1), 162. doi: 10.1186/s12905-022-01759-1. PMCID: PMC9100307.

Witte SS, Pinto RM, Filippone P, Choi CJ, Wall M (2022).
Engaging patients in the HIV care continuum through referral-making behaviours and patterns: A descriptive cross-sectional study
International Health Trends and Perspectives, 2 (1), 1-14. doi: 10.32920/ihtp.v2i1.1546.

Witte SS, Filippone P, Ssewamala FM, Sensoy Bahar O, Jennings Mayo-Wilson L, Namuwonge F, Damulira C, Tozan Y, Kiyingi J, Nabayinda J, Mwebembezi A, Kagaayi J, McKay M (2022).
PrEP acceptability and initiation among women engaged in sex work in Uganda: Implications for HIV prevention
EClinicalMedicine, 44, 101278. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101278. PMCID: PMC8808048.

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