Prema Filippone
Prema L. Filippone, PhD
New York University - Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
New York University - Affiliate, Intervention Innovations Team Lab (IIT-Lab)
PhD, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work
MS, Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work
BA, Sociology & Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
Research Interests
Health disparities, intersectional stigma, racial inequalities in health care, social determinants of health, HIV/STI prevention, reproductive justice
Prema Filippone is an Assistant Professor/Provost’s Faculty Fellow at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She earned a PhD and MS in Social Work from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Dr. Filippone is interested in understanding how systematic exclusion, stigmatization and discrimination serve as drivers for HIV-related health disparities in local and global communities. Her research examines the effects of intersectional stigma and discrimination on health decisions, the ways in which vulnerable communities engage in the HIV Care Continuum, and HIV-related health outcomes. Her future research aims to better understand intersectional stigma as one of the fundamental causes of HIV health disparities and to establish culturally adaptive and cost-effective innovative interventions to improve HIV-related health outcomes among poorly engaged persons living with HIV and vulnerable local communities affected by poverty, gender-based violence, and syndemic conditions—HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and mental illness. At NYU Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Filippone is utilizing the multiphase optimization strategy framework to develop and evaluate culturally salient intervention components addressing the effects of intersecting stigmas on effective HIV prevention and treatment engagement among populations living in high-risk contexts.
Principal Investigator, Intersectional Stigma Matters! Exploring Perspectives on Care-Seeking and Health Decisions among Black/African American and Latino Emerging Adults Living with HIV. Active


Filippone P, Serrano S, Campos S, Freeman R, Cluesman SR, Israel K, Amos B, Cleland CM, Gwadz M (2023).
Understanding why racial/ethnic inequities along the HIV care continuum persist in the United States: A qualitative exploration of systemic barriers from the perspectives of African American/Black and Latino persons living with HIV
International Journal for Equity in Health, 22 (168), 168. doi: 10.1186/s12939-023-01992-6. PMCID: PMC10466874.

Filippone P, Serrano S, Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Freeman R, Linnemayr S, Cluesman SR, Campos S, Rosmarin-DeStefano C, Amos B, Israel K (2023).
A virtual pilot optimization trial for African American/Black and Latino persons with non-suppressed HIV viral load grounded in motivational interviewing and behavioral economics
Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1167104. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1167104. PMCID: PMC10205984.

Filippone PL, Hernandez Trejo Y, Witte SS (2023).
Demonstrating the feasibility of an economic empowerment and health promotion intervention among low-income women affected by HIV in New York City
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (8), 5511. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20085511. PMCID: PMC10138409.

Jennings Mayo-Wilson L, Yen BJ, Nabunya P, Sensoy Bahar O, Wright BN, Kiyingi J, Filippone PL, Mwebembezi A, Kagaayi J, Tozan Y, Nabayinda J, Witte SS, Ssewamala FM (2023).
Economic abuse and care-seeking practices for HIV and financial support services in women employed by sex work: A cross-sectional baseline assessment of a clinical trial cohort in Uganda
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38 (1-2), NP1920-NP1949. doi: 10.1177/08862605221093680. PMCID: PMC9636073.

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Lizardo M, Hawkins RL, Bangser G, Parameswaran L, Stanhope V, Robinson JA, Karim S, Holloway T, Ramirez PG, Filippone PL, Ritchie AS, Banfield A, Silverman E (2022).
Using the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) framework to optimize an intervention to increase COVID-19 testing for Black and Latino/Hispanic frontline essential workers: A study protocol
BMC Public Health, 22, 1235. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13576-0. PMCID: PMC9210062.

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