Dr. Sara LeGrand is an Assistant Research Professor of Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research with a doctoral degree in health services research. Dr. LeGrand has conducted health disparities research for over a decade.
Dr. LeGrand has extensive experience conducting social and behavioral research related to HIV prevention and care with findings published in peer-reviewed journals. She currently serves as principal investigator or investigator for numerous federally funded HIV care and prevention grants. Dr. LeGrand's research has focused on reducing HIV disparities among adolescent and young adult sexual and gender minorities. She is particularly interested in the design and evaluation of digital health interventions to address HIV disparities among these populations. For example, her research includes developing and testing theory-based mobile phone apps that use gamification principles and social networking to improve antiretroviral adherence among HIV-positive young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and young transgender women who have sex with men (YTWSM) and pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence among HIV-negative YMSM and YTWSM. Her research experiences, along with her doctoral studies in health services research, have provided her with strong research design, implementation, and analytic skills.
Dr. LeGrand is expanding her research on sexual and gender minorities, with a particular interest in understanding the social determinants of health that negatively and positively contribute to mental, physical, and social health outcomes; health behaviors; and, access to health care across the life course in different locations around the world. The ultimate goal of this work is to identify culturally relevant strategies at the individual, interpersonal, community, and structural/policy level that can improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities globally.