Monica Malta, PhD

Nash_160x180.jpgAdjunct Professor


  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Clusters

Research Interests

  • 2SLGBTQ+ Health
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Global Mental Health
  • Global South
  • Health Inequity

Short Bio

Researcher working in the Global South, dedicated to addressing the social and structural determinants that influence health outcomes and gender disparities among highly marginalized populations from selected countries in Latin America and Africa. These populations include the LGBTQ2S community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, and Two-Spirit), individuals living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, and people who use or abuse drugs, among others. Her studies and interventions have received funding from NIH (NIDA, NIAID, NIMH), CDC (Global AIDS Program), UN (UNESCO, UNAIDS, and UNODC), Fulbright Commission, and Ford Foundation, among others. Her research played a crucial role in shaping the Latin American response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, influencing national strategies against gender-based violence and substance abuse. Notably, her work contributed to the advocacy for local legislation safeguarding the rights of transgender individuals.