Judith Auerbach


I am a sociologist who works at the nexus of science and policy, with a focus on HIV. My research and practice interests focus on the social organization of scientific knowledge, specifically the role and standing of social research; community engagement in research; and attention to women in the HIV response. In my work, I promote integrated approaches, engaging biological, behavioral, and social sciences and community experience.
PhD, 1986 - Sociology, University of California Berkeley
MA, 1982 - Sociology, University of California Berkeley
BA, 1978 - Sociology, University of California Berkeley
Honors and Awards
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2022
  • Team Award, National Institutes of Health, 2016
  • Feminist Scholar-Activist Award, American Sociological Association, Sex & Gender Section, 2014
  • Thomas M. Kelly Leadership Award, Project Inform, 2010
  • Career Award for Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS, Sociologists AIDS Network, 2008
  • Research in Action Award, Treatment Action Group, 2006
  • Mentor Award, Public Leadership & Education Network, 2005
  • Feminist Activist Award, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2004
  1. Auerbach JD. Adaora A. Adimora, in memoriam. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2024. PMID: 38282210

  2. Mehta S, Lyles CR, Rubinsky AD, Kemper KE, Auerbach J, Sarkar U, Gottlieb L, Brown Iii W. Social Determinants of Health Documentation in Structured and Unstructured Clinical Data of Patients With Diabetes: Comparative Analysis. JMIR medical informatics 2023. PMID: 37621203

  3. Dubé K, Barr E, Philbin M, Perez-Brumer A, Minalga B, Peterson B, Averitt D, Picou B, Martel K, Chung C, Mejía M, Cameron M, Graham G, Dee L, Dixon Diallo D, Gordon E, Korolkova A, Dyer T, Auerbach JD, Scully E, Dong KL, Gianella S. Increasing the meaningful involvement of women in HIV cure-related research: a qualitative interview study in the United States. HIV research & clinical practice 2023. PMID: 37608645

  4. Auerbach JD, Forsyth AD, Davey C, Hargreaves JR, Group for lessons from pandemic HIV prevention for the COVID-19 response. Living with COVID-19 and preparing for future pandemics: revisiting lessons from the HIV pandemic. The lancet. HIV 2022. PMID: 36370713

  5. Dubé K, Campbell CK, Eskaf S, Sauceda JA, Ndukwe S, Henley L, Persaud D, Deeks SG, Auerbach JD, Saberi P. Willingness of Racially Diverse Young Adults Living with HIV to Participate in HIV Cure Research: A Cross-Sectional Survey in the United States. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2022. PMID: 36226414

  6. Dube K, Agarwal H, Stockman JK, Auerbach JD, Sauceda JA, Conroy A, Johnson M. "I would absolutely need to know that my partner is still going to be protected": Perceptions of HIV Cure-Related Research among Diverse HIV Serodifferent Couples in the United States. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2022. PMID: 35972752

  7. Campbell DM, Dubé K, Cowlings PD, Dionicio P, Tam RM, Agarwal H, Stockman JK, Auerbach JD, Sauceda JA, Conroy AA, Johnson MO. "It comes altogether as one:" perceptions of analytical treatment interruptions and partner protections among racial, ethnic, sex and gender diverse HIV serodifferent couples in the United States. BMC public health 2022. PMID: 35810288

  8. Auerbach JD, Dubé K. Editorial: Critical social and behavioral sciences perspectives on ending the HIV epidemic. "HIV within the House Ball Community and the Promise of Community-based Social Structures for Intervention and Support" 2022. PMID: 35225247

  9. Auerbach JD, Moran L, Weber S, Watson C, Keatley J, Sevelius J. Implementation Strategies for Creating Inclusive, All-Women HIV Care Environments: Perspectives From Trans and Cis Women. Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health 2021. PMID: 33941451

  10. Adimora AA, Ramirez C, Poteat T, Archin NM, Averitt D, Auerbach JD, Agwu AL, Currier J, Gandhi M. HIV and women in the USA: what we know and where to go from here. Lancet (London, England) 2021. PMID: 33617768

  11. Dubé K, Perry KE, Mathur K, Lo M, Javadi SS, Patel H, Concha-Garcia S, Taylor J, Kaytes A, Dee L, Campbell D, Kanazawa J, Smith D, Gianella S, Auerbach JD, Saberi P, Sauceda JA. Altruism: Scoping review of the literature and future directions for HIV cure-related research. Journal of Virus Eradication 2020. PMID: 33294210

  12. Auerbach JD, Moran L, Watson C, Weber S, Keatley J, Sevelius J. We Are All Women: Barriers and Facilitators to Inclusion of Transgender Women in HIV Treatment and Support Services Designed for Cisgender Women. AIDS patient care and STDs 2020. PMID: 32813571

  13. Auerbach JD, Gerritsen AA, Dallabetta G, Morrison M, Garnett GP. A tale of two cascades: promoting a standardized tool for monitoring progress in HIV prevention. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2020. PMID: 32602653

  14. Hargreaves JR, Auerbach JD, Hensen B, Johnson S, Gregson S. Strengthening primary HIV prevention: better use of data to improve programmes, develop strategies and evaluate progress. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2020. PMID: 32602656

  15. Hargreaves J, Davey C, Group for lessons from pandemic HIV prevention for the COVID-19 response. Three lessons for the COVID-19 response from pandemic HIV. The lancet. HIV 2020. PMID: 32298644

  16. Dube K, Eskaf S, Evans D, Sauceda J, Saberi P, Brown B, Averitt D, Martel K, Meija M, Campbell D, Barr L, Kanazawa J, Perry K, Patel H, Luter S, Poteat T, Auerbach JD, Wohl DA. The Dose Response: Perceptions of People Living with HIV in the United States on Alternatives to Oral Daily Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2019. PMID: 31608651

  17. Auerbach JD. Getting to Zero Begins With Getting to Ten. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2019. PMID: 31658195

  18. Dubé K, Auerbach JD, Stirratt MJ, Gaist P. Applying the Behavioural and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Functional Framework to HIV Cure Research. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2019. PMID: 31665568

  19. Zissette S, Atujuna M, Tolley EE, Okumu E, Auerbach JD, Hodder SL, Aral SO, Adimora AA. Cognitive testing of an instrument to evaluate acceptability and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis products among women. Applied cognitive psychology 2019. PMID: 32051657

  20. Sylla L, Evans D, Taylor J, Gilbertson A, Palm D, Auerbach JD, Dubé K. If We Build It, Will They Come? Perceptions of HIV Cure-Related Research by People Living with HIV in Four U.S. Cities: A Qualitative Focus Group Study. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2018. PMID: 29198134

  21. Horn T, Sherwood J, Remien RH, Nash D, Auerbach JD. Towards an integrated primary and secondary HIV prevention continuum for the United States: a cyclical process model. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2016. PMID: 27863535

  22. Deeks SG, Lewin SR, Ross AL, Ananworanich J, Benkirane M, Cannon P, Chomont N, Douek D, Lifson JD, Lo YR, Kuritzkes D, Margolis D, Mellors J, Persaud D, Tucker JD, Barre-Sinoussi F, Alter G, Auerbach J, Autran B, Barouch DH, Behrens G, Cavazzana M, Chen Z, Cohen ÉA, Corbelli GM, Eholié S, Eyal N, Fidler S, Garcia L, Grossman C, Henderson G, Henrich TJ, Jefferys R, Kiem HP, McCune J, Moodley K, Newman PA, Nijhuis M, Nsubuga MS, Ott M, Palmer S, Richman D, Saez-Cirion A, Sharp M, Siliciano J, Silvestri G, Singh J, Spire B, Taylor J, Tolstrup M, Valente S, van Lunzen J, Walensky R, Wilson I, Zack J. International AIDS Society global scientific strategy: towards an HIV cure 2016. Nature medicine 2016. PMID: 27400264

  23. Grossman CI, Ross AL, Auerbach JD, Ananworanich J, Dubé K, Tucker JD, Noseda V, Possas C, Rausch DM. Towards Multidisciplinary HIV-Cure Research: Integrating Social Science with Biomedical Research. Trends in microbiology 2015. PMID: 26642901

  24. Auerbach JD, Hoppe TA. Beyond "getting drugs into bodies": social science perspectives on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2015. PMID: 26198346

  25. Auerbach JD, Smith LR. Theoretical Foundations of Research Focused on HIV Prevention Among Substance-Involved Women: A Review of Observational and Intervention Studies. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2015. PMID: 25978481

  26. Auerbach JD, Kinsky S, Brown G, Charles V. Knowledge, attitudes, and likelihood of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among US women at risk of acquiring HIV. AIDS patient care and STDs 2014. PMID: 25513954

  27. Walensky RP, Auerbach JD. Focusing National Institutes of Health HIV/AIDS research for maximum population impact. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2014. PMID: 25422391

  28. Adimora AA, Ramirez C, Auerbach JD, Aral SO, Hodder S, Wingood G, El-Sadr W, Bukusi EA. Preventing HIV infection in women. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2013. PMID: 23764631

  29. Klot JF, Auerbach JD, Veronese F, Brown G, Pei A, Wira CR, Hope TJ, M'boup S. Greentree white paper: sexual violence, genitoanal injury, and HIV: priorities for research, policy, and practice. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2012. PMID: 22953712

  30. Heidari S, Abdool Karim Q, Auerbach JD, Buitendijk SE, Cahn P, Curno MJ, Hankins C, Katabira E, Kippax S, Marlink R, Marsh J, Marusic A, Nass HM, Montaner J, Pollitzer E, Ruiz-Cantero MT, Sherr L, Sow PS, Squires K, Wainberg MA. Gender-sensitive reporting in medical research. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012. PMID: 22400977

  31. Auerbach JD, Parkhurst JO, Cáceres CF. Addressing social drivers of HIV/AIDS for the long-term response: conceptual and methodological considerations. Global Public Health 2011. PMID: 21745027

  32. Adimora AA, Auerbach JD. Structural interventions for HIV prevention in the United States. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2010. PMID: 21406983

  33. Auerbach JD. The iPrEx results: lifting hopes, raising questions. BETA : bulletin of experimental treatments for AIDS : a publication of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation 2010. PMID: 21591604

  34. Auerbach J. Transforming social structures and environments to help in HIV prevention. Health affairs (Project Hope) 2009. PMID: 19887406

  35. Smith DK, Grohskopf LA, Black RJ, Auerbach JD, Veronese F, Struble KA, Cheever L, Johnson M, Paxton LA, Onorato IM, Greenberg AE. Antiretroviral postexposure prophylaxis after sexual, injection-drug use, or other nonoccupational exposure to HIV in the United States: recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MMWR. Recommendations and reports : Morbidity and mortality weekly report. Recommendations and reports 2005. PMID: 15660015

  36. Auerbach JD. Principles of positive prevention. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2004. PMID: 15385909

  37. Auerbach JD. The experts speak. Public policy issues in HIV/AIDS. Interview by Vicki Glaser. AIDS patient care and STDs 2004. PMID: 15294081

  38. Auerbach JD. HIV/AIDS and aging: interventions for older adults. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2003. PMID: 12853853

  39. Nathanson N, Auerbach JD. Confronting the HIV pandemic. Science (New York, N.Y.) 1999. PMID: 10383335