As a behavioral research scientist, Dr. Abrams' work is conducted with the goal of utilizing culture as an avenue to better understand and reduce health disparities among women of African ancestry via health promotion. As the Director of the Global Community Health Promotion Network, Dr. Abrams conducts domestic and international research in collaboration with community based organizations.
Importantly, Dr. Abrams is fiercely dedicated to sexual health promotion among women of African ancestry. She has been involved in a host of culturally relevant research and programmatic efforts related to chronic disease prevention, namely prevention of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Abrams also has expertise in translational community-based and engaged research, prevention science, quantitative and qualitative research, and intervention program development, adaptation, and evaluation. She has managed large-scale grant funded projects and secured university and federal funding to support HIV prevention research and programming with women of African ancestry, including funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health to investigate the role of sexual satisfaction in sexual risk behaviors with the ultimate goal of developing a novel pleasure focused HIV prevention intervention. She has also received funding to investigate women's recommendations for sexual health programming and to execute HIV prevention programming for Black women and girls.
Dr. Abrams is also founder of SpiceXperience and co-founder of Research Unlimited.
- Virginia Commonwealth University, PhD Field of Study: Health Psychology
- Virginia Commonwealth University, MS Field of Study: Psychology
- Published on 5/1/2021
Threats M, Brawner BM, Montgomery TM, Abrams J, Jemmott LS, Crouch PC, Freeborn K, Kamitani E, Enah C. A Review of Recent HIV Prevention Interventions and Future Considerations for Nursing Science. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2021 May-Jun 01; 32(3):373-391. PMID: 33929980.
- Published on 9/3/2020
Abrams JA, Odlum M, Tillett E, Haley D, Justman J, Hodder S, Vo L, O'Leary A, Frew PM. Strategies for increasing impact, engagement, and accessibility in HIV prevention programs: suggestions from women in urban high HIV burden counties in the Eastern United States (HPTN 064). BMC Public Health. 2020 Sep 03; 20(1):1340. PMID: 32883248.
- Published on 6/23/2020
Abrams JA, Castro B, Gordhandas S, Grzegorczyk A, Maxwell M, Brawner B, Conserve DF, Ryan M. Conocimientos de la hipertensión: Health beliefs about hypertension in an under-resourced community in the Dominican Republic. PLoS One. 2020; 15(6):e0235088. PMID: 32574228.
- Published on 6/16/2020
Abrams JA, Tabaac A, Jung S, Else-Quest NM. Considerations for employing intersectionality in qualitative health research. Soc Sci Med. 2020 08; 258:113138. PMID: 32574889.
- Published on 7/17/2019
Agénor M, Pérez AE, Koma JW, Abrams JA, McGregor AJ, Ojikutu BO. Sexual Orientation Identity, Race/Ethnicity, and Lifetime HIV Testing in a National Probability Sample of U.S. Women and Men: An Intersectional Approach. LGBT Health. 2019 Aug/Sep; 6(6):306-318. PMID: 31314667.
- Published on 3/1/2019
Apatu E, Hamadi H, Abrams JA, Metzger IW, Spaulding A. Association between hospital community services and county population health in the USA. J Public Health (Oxf). 2019 Mar 01; 41(1):71-79. PMID: 29385498.
- Published on 11/5/2018
Castro B, Ing L, Park Y, Abrams J, Ryan M. Addressing Noncommunicable Disease in Dominican Republic: Barriers to Hypertension and Diabetes Care. Ann Glob Health. 2018 11 05; 84(4):625-629. PMID: 30779509.
- Published on 9/16/2018
Hosler JJF, Abrams JA, Godsay S. Combining task shifting and community-based care to improve maternal health: Practical approaches and patient perceptions. Soc Sci Med. 2018 11; 216:26-32. PMID: 30248573.
- Published on 9/10/2018
Abrams JA, Hill A, Maxwell M. Underneath the Mask of the Strong Black Woman Schema: Disentangling Influences of Strength and Self-Silencing on Depressive Symptoms among U.S. Black Women. Sex Roles. 2019 May; 80(9-10):517-526. PMID: 31086431.
- Published on 1/23/2018
Abrams JA, Forte J, Bettler C, Maxwell M. Considerations for Implementing Group-Level Prenatal Health Interventions in Low-Resource Communities: Lessons Learned From Haiti. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2018 01; 63(1):121-126. PMID: 29359879.
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