Sahnah Lim
Sahnah Lim, PhD, MPH, MIA
NYU Langone Health - Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
PhD, Public Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MPH, Public Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
MIA, International Affairs, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
Research Interests
Substance use, HIV, Sexual and gender minority populations, Sex workers, Gender-based violence, Gender equity
Sahnah Lim is an assistant professor who is leading the Gender Equity scientific track at the NYU School of Medicine’s Section for Health Equity. As a health disparities researcher, she conducts applied, community-engaged studies that seek to address gender-related health issues among hard-to-reach populations such as sex workers and immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. She is particularly interested in the intersection of multiple marginalized identities and its impact on mental health, substance use, and HIV. She specializes in mixed-methods research and is an expert in psychosocial statistics and survey methods.
Principal Investigator, Violence, Substance Use, Sleep Disturbances, and Hypertension Among Women with HIV: A Syndemic Approach (VH2S2). Active
Principal Investigator, Gender Equity and Health. Completed


Gatanaga O, Palamar JJ, Lim S (2023).
Prevalence of substance use among Asian sexual minority individuals in the United States, 2015-2020
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs [Epub 2023 Feb 27]. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2023.2181242.

Forbes N, Yang LC, Lim S (2023).
Intersectional discrimination and its impact on Asian American women’s mental health: A mixed-methods scoping review
Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 993396. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.993396. PMCID: PMC10008964.

Lim S, Lee S, Cohen L, Chin JJ, Trinh-Shevrin C, Islam NS (2023).
Factors influencing recovery and well-being among Asian survivors of international criminal sex trafficking in an urban U.S. city
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38 (3-4), 2360-2386. doi: 10.1177/08862605221101187.

Weissman JD, Lim S, Durr M, El-Shahawy O, Russell D (2022).
The current social environment and its association with serious psychological distress among adults who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual: findings from the National Health Interview Survey (2013–2018)
Journal of Public Health, 30, 2311-2319. doi: 10.1007/s10389-021-01633-8.

Ali SH, Mohsin FM, Banks A, Lynn P, Lim S (2022).
Peer-led, remote intervention to improve mental health outcomes using a holistic, spirituality-based approach: Results from a pilot study
Community Mental Health Journal, 58 (5), 862-874. doi: 10.1007/s10597-021-00893-8. PMCID: PMC8475393.


Lim S, Brantley ML, Footer K, Nail JE, Davis W, Sherman SG (2017).
Psychosocial characteristics and sexual risk behaviors among female exotic dancers who have sex with women in Baltimore: A brief report
Journal of Bisexuality, 17 (3), 318-324. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2017.1359129.

Lim S, Peitzmeier S, Cange C, Papworth E, LeBreton M, Tamoufe U, Kamla A, Billong S, Fokam P, Njindam I, Decker MR, Sherman SG, Baral S (2015).
Violence against female sex workers in Cameroon: Accounts of violence, harm reduction, and potential solutions
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 68 (Suppl 2), S241-S247. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000440.

Dr. Lim's ResearchGate Profile