CAPS Town Hall: Judith Auerbach, PhD — What’s Up in AIDS Research at NIH?
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October 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Dr. Judith Auerbach is a public sociologist, independent science and policy consultant, and Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She previously served as Vice President, Research & Evaluation at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Vice President, Public Policy and Program Development, at amfAR, Director of the Behavioral and Social Science Program and HIV Prevention Science Coordinator in the Office of AIDS Research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Auerbach received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught, presented, and published widely in the areas of HIV/AIDS, social science, public policy, and sex and gender. Her work has appeared in such journals as Health Affairs, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS), Science, Global Public Health, JAIDS, and the American Journal of Public Health, among others.
Dr. Auerbach has served on numerous professional and advisory groups, including the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC), Institute of Medicine Committee on the Outcome and Impact Evaluation of PEPFAR, American Sociological Association Council, the Global HIV Prevention Working Group, and the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. In 2012, she was elected to the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society; and she was reelected in 2016.
For her science and policy work, Dr. Auerbach has received numerous awards including the 2004 Feminist Activist Award from Sociologists for Women in Society, the 2006 Research in Action Award from the Treatment Action Group (TAG), the 2008 Career Award from the Sociologists AIDS Network, and the 2010 Thomas M. Kelly Leadership Award from Project Inform and the 2014 Feminist-Scholar-Activist Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association.
Dr. Auerbach’s research interests focus on the social organization of scientific knowledge, specifically, the role and standing of social research in the HIV/AIDS response; social determinants of health and wellbeing; and the relationship between science, program, and policy. As a consultant, she advises about scientific agenda-setting, strategic planning and priority-setting, and linking research and policy; and her clients include government agencies, non-profit and advocacy organizations, and universities.