Dr. Deanna Kerrigan has been named chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH).
Dr. Kerrigan, who starts July 1, studies social and structural factors that impact the health and well-being of marginalized populations worldwide, including stigma, discrimination and violence. An expert on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention, she has led studies to develop comprehensive public health interventions among underserved women in Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Kerrigan’s current research includes a project supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that aims to examine the multiple forms of social stigma facing women living with HIV in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania, and the role that community empowerment and mobilization can play to improve their health outcomes. She is also working on studies that examine long-acting injectable anti-retroviral therapy to treat HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis in the United States and around the world.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kerrigan to our school,” said Dr. Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute SPH. “She is an extraordinary expert in preventative health measures, and I know her guidance will steer the department toward making a tremendous impact, particularly in our research related to the social determinants of health.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 21