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Erica Felker-Kantor

Student Full Name

Erica Felker-Kantor

Specialty Areas:

Drug Trafficking, Violence Against Sex Workers, Risk Environments

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Community Violence

Angles of Approach

#Prevention Intervention


Erica’s work is informed by the risk environment framework which posits that risk behaviors are shaped by the social environments and contextual spaces in which we live, work, and grow. Using innovative geospatial and network-centric methods, she examines the joint effects of daily activity spaces and social networks on illicit drug use among HIV positive FSWs in the Dominican Republic.  To maximize the benefits of treatment as prevention (TasP) and achieve the 90-90-90 target, understanding and addressing the risk factors and social environments that shape drug use behavior among this population is critical not only for sex worker’s individual health, but also for preventing ongoing HIV transmission to their sexual networks.

  • Dissertation title: Contextualizing Risk Environments in the Dominican Republic (DR): Assessing the Joint Effects of Activity Spaces and Risk Networks on Drug Use among Female Sex Workers (FSWs) Living with HIV
  • Research skills: Social epidemiology, global health, GIS and spatial analysis, multilevel modeling, qualitative research, social network analysis, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole.
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