Associate Professor, Global Health
University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, MA
The Johns Hopkins University, MPH
- Office: Crosstown Center, CT363
- Phone: 617-414-1449
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Lisa J. Messersmith has over 25 years of research, program and policy experience on gender, sexuality, HIV, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Dr. Messersmith is the principal investigator (PI) on several studies, most recently on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to test the effectiveness of wireless technology and data-informed counseling to improve retention in HIV care and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in HIV positive pregnant and postpartum women in Uganda. Other current research includes: a randomized control trial to evaluate interventions to address intimate partner violence in Tanzania; two studies in Ghana that explore the behavioral, socio-economic and structural vulnerability to HIV of people who inject drugs and women who work in bars; a study on the HIV and reproductive health and social service needs of women living with HIV and the first national study to document the types and magnitude of discrimination experienced by people living with HIV in Vietnam. She was also the principal investigator and Director of the Vietnam AIDS Policy and Planning Project, which trained nearly 850 senior policy makers at national and provincial level to design, implement and evaluate rights-based and multi-sectoral responses to HIV. Dr. Messersmith worked in residence for over 13 years in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Vietnam and has worked in a number of other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Before joining BU SPH in 2007 she was as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. From 1998 to 2004 Dr. Messersmith served as the Sexuality and Reproductive Health Program Officer for the Ford Foundation’s Office for Vietnam and Thailand. Prior to her departure in 2004, the Vietnam Ministry of Health awarded her the Medal for the People’s Health. In 2003, Dr. Messersmith was a visiting fellow at the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as the Country Programme Advisor for UNAIDS in Bangladesh from 1996 to 1998. From 1994 to 1995 she was a Research Associate in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and concurrently served as the Women and AIDS advisor for USAID in Washington, DC. Dr. Messersmith’s career in international health and development began in Burkina Faso in 1985 where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has a PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Hamilton College.
- Addressing the Needs of Women Living with HIV in Vietnam
- AIDS Policy and Planning Project in Vietnam
- Documenting Discrimination Against People Living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam
Drug Use and Sexual Behavior: The Multiple HIV Vulnerabilities of Men and Women Who Inject Drugs in Kumasi, Ghana
JAIDS. 2015 Mar; 68(Supplement 2):S69-S252.
Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2014 Jul.
Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2014 Jul.
“I can decide to use the property I have to make money”: HIV Vulnerability of Bar Workers and Bar Patrons in Kumasi, Ghana
Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2014 Feb.
Local Perceptions, Cultural Beliefs and Practices That Shape Umbilical Cord Care: A Qualitative Study in Southern Province, Zambia
PLOS ONE. 2013 Nov; 8(11):1-14.
Women living with HIV in Vietnam: desire for children, use of sexual and reproductive health services, and advice from providers
Reproductive Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39):27-38.
‘Many people know the law, but also many people violate it’: Discrimination experienced by people living with HIV/ AIDS in Vietnam – Results of a national study
Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. 2012 Sep; 1-16.
Sectarianism and the problem of overpopulation: political representations of reproduction in two low-income neighbourhoods of Beirut, Lebanon
Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care. 2012 Sep; 1-14.
Lived Experience and Contested Domains: Sexuality and Reproductive and Sexual Health Decision-Making of Women Living with HIV in Vietnam
Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care. 2009 Jan; 11(Supplement 1):S89-90.
Making AIDS Policy Sexy: Evaluation of AIDS Policy Training to Engender a Gendered and Human Rights Response in Vietnam
Culture, Health and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care. 2009 Jan; 11(Supplement 1):S73-74.
Boston, MA: Center for International Health and Development, Boston University School of Public Health, and Hanoi School of Public Health; 2009.
Chicago, IL: MacArthur Foundation; 2005.
AIDS Public Policy Training Project. Cambridge, MA: Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; 2005.
Stud Fam Plann. 2000 Oct; 31(3):203-16.
The Encyclopedia of Third World Women. Stromquist N.. New York: Garland Publishing; 1997.
Trust, Power and Commitment: The Social and Economic Determinants of Sexual Behavior in Urban Southwest Nigeria.
Ph. D. Thesis Department of Anthropology. Los Angeles, CA: University of California, Los Angeles; 1994.
Effectiveness of HIV Counseling and Testing in Changing High-Risk Sexual Behavior: An Annotated Bibliography
Behavioral Research Unit. Arlington, Virginia: AIDSCAP, Family Health International; 1992.
Child Survival Support Program. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; 1992.
The Women of Good Times and Baba’s Place: The Multi-Dimensionality of the Lives of Commercial Sex Workers in Bamako, Mali
Master's Thesis Department of Anthropology University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles; 1991.
Family Planning Management Training Project. Boston, MA: Management Sciences for Health; 1989.