Felicia Browne

"I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work on applied, gender-focused projects in the community in which I grew up, in hopes of having an impact on HIV, STIs and other health outcomes among African-American adolescent girls and young women."


Stigma, discrimination, and gender


Community-based research

Substance use and addiction


Felicia A. Browne is a research public health analyst in RTI’s Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research Program. Dr. Browne has more than a decade of experience working on HIV behavioral intervention studies for key populations at risk for HIV in the United States and South Africa. She currently serves as Project Director/Co-Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded study in health department clinics in North Carolina that is adapting and testing delivery methods of an HIV behavioral intervention for young African American women who use substances. Dr. Browne also serves as Co-Project Director of another NIDA-funded study that is adapting and testing an HIV behavioral intervention program in Cape Town, South Africa for 16- to 19-year-old female adolescents who are out of school and use substances. Her research interests include developing and evaluating multi-level HIV behavioral interventions for adolescents and young adults, particularly with the use of novel technology, and understanding and addressing socioeconomic status as it relates to HIV risk. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, Dr. Browne’s publications have focused on the systematic adaptation and refinement of HIV behavioral risk reduction interventions, the evaluation of HIV prevention interventions for key populations, health disparities, gender, and alcohol and other drug use.


ScD, Social Epidemiology (Minor Fields: Quantitative Methods; Health Inequalities and Social Justice), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2015.

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education (Track: Research; Certificate: Global Health), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, 2007.

BS, Psychology (Concentration: Medical Humanities), Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 2005