Jessica Jaiswal
Jessica Jaiswal, PhD
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa - Assistant Professor, Department of Health Science
Yale University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS - Visiting Scholar
Rutgers University, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies - Affiliated Investigator
PhD, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
MPH, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Emory University
BA, Women’s Studies, Native American Studies and Latin American Studies, University of Michigan
Research Interests
HIV care continuum, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Medical mistrust, Medication beliefs, Stigma, Qualitative and mixed methods
Jessica Jaiswal’s two main research areas focus on HIV-related inequalities along the HIV prevention and HIV care continua, and around treatment for opioid use disorder. Her current work on HIV prevention efforts in methadone clinic settings is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This qualitative pilot study examines the acceptability and feasibility of offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in methadone clinic settings. PrEP is a daily pill that HIV negative people can take that is extremely effective in preventing HIV acquisition from sexual and drug using partners. Although approved by the FDA in 2012, PrEP uptake is low among the communities most in need of HIV prevention. The purpose of this study is to understand methadone clinic staff and patients’ HIV and PrEP-related attitudes, perceptions and beliefs.

Dr. Jaiswal serves as a senior associate editor for the Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health Journal and as an associate editor for Behavioral Medicine. Her research has been published in AIDS and Behavior, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama, Dr. Jaiswal completed postdoctoral training at New York University in the College of Global Public Health as a Provost Fellow, and was a Research Fellow in the Behavioral Science Training Program in Substance Use, a T32 funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Principal Investigator, HIV Prevention in Methadone Treatment Settings: A Qualitative Study of PrEP Utilization Among Patients and Providers. Completed
Principal Investigator, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, Medical Mistrust, Prep-Related Stigma, and Medication Beliefs Among a Diverse Sample of Young Adult Men. Completed


Walters SM, Frank D, Felsher M, Jaiswal J, Fletcher S, Bennett AS, Friedman SR, Ouellet LJ, Ompad DC, Jenkins W, Pho MT (2023).
How the rural risk environment underpins hepatitis C risk: Qualitative findings from rural southern Illinois, United States
International Journal of Drug Policy, 112, 103930. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103930.

Walters SM, Felsher M, Frank D, Jaiswal J, Townsend T, Muncan B, Bennett AS, Friedman SR, Jenkins W, Pho MT, Fletcher S, Ompad DC (2023).
I don’t believe a person has to die when trying to get high: Overdose prevention and response strategies in rural Illinois
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (2), 1648. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20021648. PMCID: PMC9864395.

Hascher K, Jaiswal J, Lorenzo J, LoSchiavo C, Burton W, Cox A, Dunlap K, Grin B, Griffin M, Halkitis PN (2023).
‘Why aren’t you on PrEP? You’re a gay man’: Reification of HIV ‘risk’ influences perception and behaviour of young sexual minority men and medical providers
Culture Health and Sexuality, 25 (1), 63-77. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2021.2018501. PMCID: PMC9243195.

Jaiswal J, Mumba MN (2022).
The role of nursing in loosening the pervasive grip of intersectional stigma
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 60 (12), 9-15. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20221109-04.

Burton WM, Paschal AM, Jaiswal J, Leeper JD, Birch DA (2022).
Gendered racial microaggressions and black college women: A cross-sectional study of depression and psychological distress
Journal of American College Health [Epub 2022 Oct 13]. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2022.2133567.

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