Associate Professor, Public Health
Farzana Kapadia is an epidemiologist whose research seeks to understand the distribution, determinants and consequences of HIV/AIDS across the lifespan. Dr. Kapadia conducts research that explores contextual factors influencing HIV/AIDS risk and related outcomes among vulnerable and, often marginalized adolescents and young adults. Second, given the chronic nature of HIV/AIDS, her research also seeks to understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on the physical, mental, and behavioral health of older, HIV+ adults. Across these lines of inquiry, her focus is on how contextual factors such as social and sexual network level factors, promote the diffusion of information, disease risk or disease progression. Thus, her research focuses on the salience of social and sexual networks in creating opportunities to engage in HIV related risk behavior but also as a means of promoting resilience to HIV/AIDS and its associated outcomes. Dr. Kapadia is the Co-Director at CHIBPS and is affiliated with the Department of Population Health at the Langone School of Medicine and the Institute of Human Develpment and Social Change.
In addition to her research, Dr. Kapadia teaches the introductory epidemiology course at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and has also taught courses on research methods in public health and principles of public health at New York University. Dr. Kapadia received her doctorate in epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2005.