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, ScD, MPH, is a senior research public health analyst in RTI’s Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research Program. Trained as a social epidemiologist, 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 is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Browne currently serves as a Multiple Principal Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)–funded R01 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. Additionally, she serves as Supplement Principal Investigator of a UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)–funded implementation science pilot project in collaboration with Mecklenburg County Public Health to reduce HIV disparities in the Carolinas. Dr. Browne is also the Co-Project Director of a NIDA-funded R01 trial in South Africa for female adolescents who are out of school and a Co-Investigator on two National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded R01 trials reaching women for HIV prevention or treatment in South Africa.

Her research interests include developing and evaluating multilevel HIV risk-reduction interventions for adolescents and young adults and health disparity populations, particularly with the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology, and understanding and addressing the social determinants of health as they relate to HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk. Using 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 risk-reduction 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

Key Work From Felicia Browne

Seek, test, treat

April 26, 2017