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


Lim S, Mantsios A, Braithwaite RS, Pitts R (2024).
A secondary gendered analysis of interviews with Latina cisgender women indicated for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis
AIDS Care [Epub 2024 Mar 11]. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2024.2325070.

Choi S, Hong S, Gatanaga OS, Yum AJ, Lim S, Neighbors CJ, Yi SS (2024).
Substance use and treatment disparities among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: A systematic review
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 256, 111088. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2024.111088. PMCID: PMC10922506.

Choi S, Lim S, Kwon SC, Trinh-Shevrin C, Neighbors CJ, Yi SS (2023).
Urgent need for substance use disorder research among understudied populations: Examining the Asian-American experience
Health Affairs Scholar, 1 (5), qxad058. doi: 10.1093/haschl/qxad058.

Kaul CM, Moore BE, Kaplan-Lewis E, Casey E, Pitts RA, Pagan Pirallo P, Lim S, Kapadia F, Cohen GM, Khan M, Mgbako O (2023).
EquiPrEP: An implementation science protocol for promoting equitable access and uptake of long-acting injectable HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (LAI-PrEP)
PLoS One, 18 (9), e0291657. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291657. PMCID: PMC10508596.

Lim S, Park O, Mohaimin S, Lee C, Lee S, Chauhan D, Roberts T, Ali SH, Trinh-Shevrin C (2023).
Non-partner sexual violence among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander adults: A scoping review
Trauma Violence and Abuse, 24 (3), 1818-1831. doi: 10.1177/15248380221082088. PMCID: PMC9585122.


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