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Elizabeth J King

Associate Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Elizabeth King is an Associate Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. As a global health scholar, Elizabeth King studies women's health, gender-equitable access to prevention and health care services, and disparities in engagement in HIV care and treatment. The majority of her research focuses on Russia, where she has more than 15 years of experience. She has also conducted research in Kazakhstan, Serbia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Dr. King utilizes multidisciplinary approaches, qualitative inquiry, mixed-methods study designs, and community-engaged approaches in her research. Some of her current research projects are: postpartum engagement in HIV care and treatment across several sites in Russia; gender-related factors influencing service utilization among women who inject drugs in Russia; adherence to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV in Kazakhstan; the health needs of Central Asian female labor migrants in Russia; and health and safety among female sex workers in Ethiopia. Through her research, Dr. King aims to explore access to health care services (e.g. HIV prevention and treatment, sexual and reproductive health services, and substance use programs); elucidate the social processes (e.g. gender norms, stigma, and discrimination) that marginalize populations from these services; and identify opportunities for intervention. On a broader level, Dr. King is interested in the promotion of a human rights-based approach to HIV testing and treatment policies, globalization and health, and in the influence of global policies and funding on public health in post-socialist societies. She holds a PhD in health behavior, a MPH in global health, and a BA in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Previously, Dr. King was a Fulbright scholar in the Department of Sociology at St. Petersburg State University (Russia).