Orlando Harris, PhD, FNP, MPH

Affiliated Faculty

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, at the University of California, San Francisco. I am a researcher that uses community-based participatory research methods both in the United States and the Caribbean where I leverage multi-methods data to inform culturally relevant interventions that improves the lives of vulnerable sexual and gender minorities. I have also spent the past several years researching factors that contribute to poor health among Caribbean sexual and gender minorities. Through my research, I have provided a qualitative understanding of the complexities that have shaped Jamaican men and transgender women's sexual decision making as well as other factors that may place them at risk for acquiring HIV. Additionally, I have a unique focus on researching the context of violence that has shaped the lives of marginalized people in the United States and the Caribbean. I have published one of the first papers in the Caribbean that addressed the issue of sexual violence (childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence) among Jamaican men and transgender women. This paper was also the first to address this issue among marginalized sexual minority groups in the Caribbean. My research aims to give voice to sexual and gender minorities in Jamaica and the wider Anglophone Caribbean in order to reduce disparities in health among a community that is marginalized.
Postdoctoral Studies, 06/2018 - AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, 05/2016 - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, 05/2014 - Health Practice Research, University of Rochester
MS, 05/2010 - Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Rochester
BA, 05/2007 - Africana Studies, Binghamton University
BS, 05/2007 - Human Development, Binghamton University
BS, 05/2007 - Nursing, Binghamton University
Honors and Awards
  • Award For Outstanding Contributions in Research and Social Justice In Black Gay Men’s Communities, National AIDS Education Services for Minorities, Atlanta, GA, 2017
  • 2012 HIV/AIDS Champion of Change, IMPACT DC Washington, District of Colombia, 2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rochester, New York, 2012
  • Recognition of your Outstanding Contribution and Dedication to the African American MSM Community, National AIDS Education Services for Minorities, 2009
  • Community Service Award, Michael V. Boyd Binghamton University, 2007
  1. Harrison SE, Muessig K, Poteat T, Koester K, Vecchio A, Paton M, Miller SJ, Pereira N, Harris O, Myers J, Campbell C, Hightow-Weidman L. Addressing Racism's Role in the US HIV Epidemic: Qualitative Findings From Three Ending the HIV Epidemic Prevention Projects. 2022. PMID: 35703755

  2. Harris OO, Bialous SA, Muench U, Chapman S, Dawson-Rose C. Climate Change, Public Health, Health Policy, and Nurses Training. 2022. PMID: 35679559

  3. Santos GM, Hong C, Wilson N, Nutor JJ, Harris O, Garner A, Holloway I, Ayala G, Howell S. Persistent disparities in COVID-19-associated impacts on HIV prevention and care among a global sample of sexual and gender minority individuals. 2022. PMID: 35435149

  4. Logie CH, Toccalino D, Reed AC, Malama K, Newman PA, Weiser S, Harris O, Berry I, Adedimeji A. Exploring linkages between climate change and sexual health: a scoping review protocol. 2021. PMID: 34663670

  5. Nagata JM, Ganson KT, Whittle HJ, Chu J, Harris OO, Tsai AC, Weiser SD. Food Insufficiency and Mental Health in the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2021. PMID: 33602534

  6. Harris OO, Leblanc N, McGee K, Randolph S, Wharton MJ, Relf M. Alarm at the Gate-Health and Social Inequalities are Comorbid Conditions of HIV and COVID-19. 2020. PMID: 32568762

  7. Beckford Jarrett S, Flanagan R, Coriolan A, Harris O, Campbell A, Skyers N. Barriers and facilitators to participation of men who have sex with men and transgender women in HIV research in Jamaica. 2019. PMID: 31423952

  8. Treston C, Farley J, Harris O, Hoyt MJ, Kwong J, Van Nuys J. PrEP works and is a valuable addition to the HIV prevention toolkit. 2015. PMID: 25869548