Cristian J Chandler

As a social and behavioral health scientist, the focus of my research is social justice, health equity, and disease prevention among sexual and gender minorities, particularly in communities of color. I have a special interest in community-engaged research and biobehavioral HIV prevention. In support of these interests, I have collaborated in HIV seroprevalence data collection and analysis for Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in a community-engaged project, studying the impact of syndemics on HIV prevention outcomes. I was a research coordinator in the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN) managing structural change development and community mobilization through the Connect to Protect® coalitions. Working as a liaison between the community and clinical services for HIV/STI prevention and treatment, I was Co-PI of a grant to encourage family planning engagement in youth of color. Currently, I am the primary investigator of a pilot study focused on understanding the preference for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) modality among Black MSM in the southeastern United States. I have had the opportunity to be an invited speaker at several universities, publish several peer-reviewed articles, and present research at professional conferences.


2008 | University of South Florida, Tampa, FL | Sociology

2010 | University of South Florida, Tampa, FL | Master of Public Health

2018 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD


University of South Florida, College of Public Health

Introduction to Public Health (PHC 4101)

Introduction to Public Health: online (PHC 4101)

Critical Issues in Public Health (PHC 4631)

Critical Issues in Public Health: online (PHC 4631)


Oglethorpe University

Black Resilience and Response (INT 290)

Selected Publications
Chandler, C. J., Creasy, S. L., Adams, B. J., Eaton, L. A., Bukowski, L. A., Egan, J. E., ... & Whitfield, D. L. (2021). Characterizing Biomedical HIV Prevention Awareness and Use Among Black Transgender Women in the United States. AIDS and Behavior, 1-12.

Chandler, C. J., Meunier, �., Eaton, L. A., Andrade, E., Bukowski, L. A., Matthews, D. D., ... & Friedman, M. R. (2020). Syndemic Health Disparities and Sexually Transmitted Infection Burden Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Engaged in Sex Work in the US.Archives of sexual behavior, 1-14. Meanley, S.P.,Chandler, C.J., Jaiswal, J., Flores, D., Stevens, R., Connochie, D., Bauermeister, J. A. (2020). Are sexual minority stressors associated with young men who have sex with men’s (YMSM) level of engagement with PrEP? Behavioral Medicine


Chandler, C.J., Bukowski, L.A., Matthews, D.D., Egan, J.E., Hawk, M.E., Markovic, N., and Stall, R.D. (2019). Documenting differences among BMSM at risk for HIV: BMSM using and not using PrEP in the POWER Study. AIDS Care. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1659921


Chandler, C.J., Bukowski, L.A., Matthews, D.D., Egan, J.E., Hawk, M.E., Markovic, N. and Stall, R.D., (2019). Examining the impact of a psychosocial syndemic on past six-month HIV screening behavior of Black men who have sex with men in the United States: Results from the POWER study. AIDS and Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-019-02458-z

Chandler, C.J., Sang, J. M., Bukowski, L.A., Andrade, E., Eaton, L.A., Stall, R.D., and Matthews, D.D. (2018). Characterizing the HIV care continuum among a community sample of Black men who have sex with men. AIDS Care. DOI:10.1080/09540121.2018.1549724

Njagi, M.,Chandler, C.J., Coulter, R.W.S., Siconolfi, D.E., Stall, R. D. and Egan, J.E. (2018). Approaches to identify unknown HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya. AIDS and Behavior DOI: 10.1007/s10461-018-2347-3

Bukowski, L.A.,Chandler, C.J., Creasy, S.L., Matthews, D.D., Friedman, M.R. and Stall, R.D. (2018). Characterizing the HIV care continuum and identifying barriers and facilitators to HIV diagnosis and viral suppression among Black transgender women in the United States. JAIDS DOI: 10.1097/QAI.000000000000183

Andrasik, M. P.,Chandler, C. J., Powell, B., Humes, D. L., Wakefield S. F., Eckstein, D. & Kripke, K. (2014). Bridging the divide: HIV prevention research and Black men who have sex with men. American Journal of Public Health 104(4), 708-714 DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301653

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