Meghan Morris, PhD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentEpidemiology & Biostatistics
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of California, San Franicsco2012  - 2013Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Andy I. Choi Mentoring Program
    University of California, San Francisco2012  - 2013CFAR Development Award for Research
    NIH/NIDA2011Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Award
    San Diego State University2010President's Award for Scholarly Research
    San Diego State University2006  - 2008BIXBY Scholarship in Population Research
    University of California, San Francisco2015  - 2018John A. Watson Faculty Award

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    My professional activities are grounded in engaging diverse partners in the development of evidence-based policy change to reduce social inequalities and improve health among undeserved communities.

    As an Assistant Professor, my research focuses on applying epidemiological methods to study the impact of individual, social, and structural factors on disease transmission within marginalized populations. In particular my work has focused on using qualitative and quantitative methods to examine social determinants of health within persons who use drugs, including HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, worldwide. Internationally I have collaborated with researchers to carry out HIV and HCV prevention studies in the U.S.-Mexico border region, Jamaica, Australia, Tanzania, and Namibia. Through a recently awarded NIH/NIDA K01 study my work focuses on the collection and analysis of dyadic data (data collected from both members of a pair) to examine the influence of interpersonal factors on disease transmission. Recently I have expanded my research to include the intersection of criminal justice systems and health among people who use drugs.

    As an educator, I take pleasure exposing learners to the intersection of social justice and epidemiology. I addition to formal teaching, including EPI253: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, I provide mentorship to a diverse set of learners from the fields of sociology, medicine, nursing, and public health.

    Prior to joining UCSF as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in infectious disease epidemiology, I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry & Cellular Biology from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a MPH in epidemiology from San Diego State University (SDSU), and PhD in Global Health with concentration in Epidemiology from UCSD/SDSU’s Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.

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    Understanding the interpersonal context of HIV/HCV risk within injecting dyads
    NIH/NIDA K01DA037802Aug 1, 2014 - Jul 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator

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