Alexandra Minnis

“The significant role of partner’s gang membership in increasing pregnancy risk highlights the importance of addressing the reproductive health needs of gang-involved youth. Focusing on pregnancy intentions, including those of male partners, remains an important area for intervention.”



HIV prevention research

Female reproductive health


Alexandra Minnis, PhD, is an epidemiologist who works with the Women’s Global Health Imperative (WGHI) to improve the health status of women and girls around the world. Her epidemiologic research addresses the prevention of HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancy, both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Minnis’s research has investigated methodological issues in conducting HIV prevention research, with a particular focus on female-initiated prevention technologies, and examined structural factors that lead to reproductive health disparities among ethnic minority and marginalized populations in the United States and Mexico.

Her research on behavioral assessment in HIV prevention trials focuses on a Microbicide Trials Network study examining adherence to and effects on HIV risk taking of two pre-exposure prophylaxis regimensm, as well as the examination of strategies to improve the accuracy of self-reported risk behaviors.


PhD, University of California Berkeley

MPH, University of California Berkeley

BA, Princeton University