Marta Mulawa, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral scholar in Duke's Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS (IRTPA) T32 Program. She is based in the Duke Global Health Institute and works with Drs. Kathleen Sikkema and Melissa Watt on a NIMH-funded study to improve HIV care engagement among women who have experience sexual trauma in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to focusing on the implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention and treatment interventions, Dr. Mulawa's research aims to improve our understanding of how social networks influence HIV-related behaviors. She is pursuing these interests as a fellow through the Social Networks and Health Scholars Training Program.
Dr. Mulawa received her PhD in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MHS in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her doctoral dissertation work was funded by NIMH through a National Service Research Award and examined how peer network norms influence men's perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. As a doctoral student at UNC, she worked with Dr. Suzanne Maman as a Research Assistant on a NIMH-funded cluster-randomized trial assessing the efficacy of a microfinance and health leadership intervention on STI incidence and intimate partner violence among networks of men in Tanzania. Prior to beginning her doctoral training, Dr. Mulawa was the Tanzania-based Research Coordinator for NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043), a Phase III randomized controlled trial of community-based HIV voluntary counseling and testing, community mobilization, and post-test support services in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Thailand.
Favorite country I've traveled to and why: Tanzania - I've been back and forth to Tanzania since I started working there in 2007. After living there for two years and returning to collect dissertation data with my family, it feels like home.
Favorite food: Polish pierogis made by my Grandmother.