Emily F Dauria

  • Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

I am a behavioral scientist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. My research applies mixed-methods to examine substance use, sexual and reproductive health, and violence among women and youth involved or impacted by the carceral system. I currently serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded R34 aimed at developing and testing a peer-led navigation intervention for women involved in the carceral system to reduce intersectional stigma and improve access to PrEP for HIV-prevention (R34DA050480). In 2022, I received funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh to collect pilot data to develop an intervention directed at improving access to and engagement in clinical research for individuals involved or affected by the carceral system via a Peer Research Assistant program. Peer Research Assistants (PRAs) are individuals recruited from the community, trained in research methodologies, and offered pathways to employment by being hired as active members of clinical research teams. This model can improve the effectiveness, relevance, and acceptability of research studies by ensuring the questions, approaches, and mediums of dissemination are appropriate. I am also the PI of a recently completed evaluation examining the implementation and impact of a structural-level domestic violence homicide prevention intervention (i.e., the Lethality Assessment Program) for individuals who have had contact with law enforcement.


2014 | Emory University, Atlanta, GA | PhD, Behavioral Science and Health Education

2009 | Emory University, Atlanta, GA | MPH, Behavioral Science and Health Education

2007 | University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada | BA, Sociology, English

Selected Publications

1) Dauria, E.F., Kulkarni, P., Clemenzi-Allen, A., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Beckwith, C.G. In press. Interventions designed to improve HIV continuum of care outcomes for persons with HIV in contact with the carceral system in the United States.Current HIV/AIDS Reports.

2)Dauria, E.F.,Clemenzi-Allen, A., Nowotny, K., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Williams, B., Wurcel, A. In press. Increasing Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine in Older Adults Under Community Supervision.International Journal of Prisoner Health.

3)Dauria, E.F., Gopalakrishnan, L., Madsen, A., Rodriguez, C., James, R., Sandoval-Beverly, R., Kim, S., Oleas, N.. (2021). Collaborative Approaches to Reduce Domestic Violence Related Homicide: Program Description, Impact, and Lessons Learned.The Behavior Therapist, 44 (5): 216-224.

4)Dauria, E.F., Levine-Murray, A., Hill, S.V., Tolou-Shams, M., Christopoulos, K. (2021). Multilevel Factors Shaping Awareness of and Attitudes Towards Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV-Prevention among Criminal-Justice Involved Women.Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50(4):1743-1754.