Judith D. Auerbach, PhD

Dr. Judith Auerbach is a public sociologist, independent science and policy consultant,and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Recently, she served as Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), where she was responsible for developing, leading, and managing SFAF’s research, research translation, and program evaluation efforts. Prior to joining SFAF, Dr. Auerbach served as Vice President, Public Policy and Program Development, at amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research),where she headed amfAR’s Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C. and coordinated programmatic activities across the foundation. Dr. Auerbach came to amfAR in 2003,after serving from 1995 to 2003 as Director of the Behavioral and Social Science Program and HIV Prevention Science Coordinator in the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In these capacities, she oversaw activities related tothe development of scientific and budgetary priorities for AIDS research in the social,behavioral, and prevention sciences, and AIDS research related to women and girls,across the NIH.

During 1998, Dr. Auerbach served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences. There, her focal areas included education research, child health research, and women and girls in science,engineering, and technology. Previously, Dr. Auerbach was a Senior Program Officer a tthe Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where she served as Study Director for the Committee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in AIDS Research. She was lead author of that committee’s 1994 book-length report, AIDS and Behavior: An Integrated Approach

.Dr. Auerbach began her policy work in Washington in 1988 as a Congressional Science Fellow, working on child, family, and health policy issues in the office of Representative Pat Schroeder. From 1989 to 1990, she served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Women and Men at the University of Southern California. She then returned to Washington and served as Associate Director for Government Affairs at the Consortium of Social Science Associations.

Dr. Auerbach received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986, and taught sociology at Widener University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published and presented widely in the fields of AIDS, health research and science policy, sex and gender, and family policy in journals such as Health Affairs, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Science, Global Public Health, JAIDS, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Auerbach has served on numerous professional and advisory groups, including the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC), 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. Dr. Auerbach has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Feminist Activist Award from Sociologists for Women in Society in recognition of her work on women and HIV/AIDS, the 2005 Mentor Award from the Public Leadership Education Network (a consortium of women’s colleges) for service as a role model and mentor to PLEN students, a 2006 Research in Action Award from the Treatment Action Group for her career in AIDS research and policy, the 2008 Career Award for Contribution to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS from the Sociology AIDS Network, and the 2010 Thomas M. Kelly Leadership Award from Project Inform for catalyzing the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy. In November 2012,she was named one of the POZ 100 (“Defender” Category).

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 well being; and the relationship between science, program, and policy.

Recent Publications:

Adimora AA, Ramirez C, Auerbach JD,et al. 2013. Preventing HIV Infection in Women. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 63():S168-­‐173.

Klot JF, Auerbach JD, and Berry, MR. 2012. Sexual Violence and HIV Transmission: Summary Proceedings of a Scientific Research Planning Meeting. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 69(Issue Supplement S1):5-­‐19.

Klot JF, Auerbach JD, Veronese F, Brown G, Pei A, Wira CR, Hope TJ, and M’boup S, on behalf of the Participants in the Greentree Meeting on Sexual Violence and HIV. 2012. Sexual Violence, Genito-anal Injury and HIV: Priorities for Research, Policy and Practice. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 28(11):1379-­‐1388.

AuerbachJD. 2012. Introduction. The HIVe: Harnessing Digital Technologies to Challenge the Dominant HIV and AIDS Paradigm. Digital Culture &Education, 4(1):1-­‐4.

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