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Urban — Global Public Health

Faculty Profile

  • Ashley Grosso, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Urban-Global Public Health

  • CV


HIV,  LGBTQ health, sex work, sex education, stigma, reproductive health, sub-Saharan Africa, quantitative methods, survey research, program evaluation

Dr. Ashley Grosso received her PhD in Public Administration from the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, a master''s degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School, and a bachelor''s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. She completed an Allan Rosenfield Public Policy Fellowship at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. In addition to her role as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, Dr. Grosso is a Resident Member of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy and Aging Research and a Core Member of the Global Health Institute.

Research Highlights

Dr. Grosso conducts research related to HIV in the United States and internationally. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Scholar, she has conducted research on the effects of state-level sex education policies, funding and implementation on adolescent risk behaviors and health outcomes. Dr. Grosso''s research in Sub-Saharan Africa with female sex workers and men who have sex with men is focused on the initiation of risk factors before the age of 18. She is also  the founder of the AIDS Museum, a nonprofit organization.

Select Publications
Grosso, A., Busch, S., Mothopeng, T., Sweitzer, S., Nkonyana, J., Mpooa, N., Taruberekera, N., Baral, S. (2018) "HIV risks and needs related to the Sustainable Development Goals among female sex workers who were commercially sexually exploited as children in Lesotho.", Journal of the International AIDS Society Vol. 21

Grosso, A., Tram, K., Ryan, O., Baral, S. (2012) "Countries where HIV is concentrated among most-at-risk populations get disproportionally lower funding from PEPFAR.", Health affairs (Project Hope) Vol. 31