Peter Navario, PhD, MPH
HealthRight International - Executive Director
NYU School of Global Public Health - Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU School of Global Public Health - Director of Global Health Strategy
PhD, Health Economics, University of Cape Town
MPH, Global Health, Yale University
BA, Psychology & French, Lehigh University
Research Interests
HIV, Cost effectiveness, Health disparities, Health of marginalized populations in low- & middle- income countries, Health and human rights
Peter Navario is the Executive Director of HealthRight International, a global health NGO dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of marginalized populations around the world. Peter is also the Director of Global Health Strategy and Clincal Assistant Professor at NYU School of Global Public Health. Peter was previously a Technical Advisor at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in New York, where he held various portfolios including the UN post-2015 development agenda/Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, and the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy on Women’s and Children’s Health. Prior to UNAIDS, Peter was a Fellow in Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he published, lectured and convened meetings with leaders on U.S. development assistance for HIV/AIDS and global health. Undergirding his more recent work on policy and thought leadership is ten years in the field implementing and evaluating HIV prevention, care and treatment programs across sub-Saharan Africa. Peter is on the editorial board of the journal Global Health Governance, and has written on AIDS policy and other global health issues in various publications including the Lancet, Nutrition, the Huffington Post,, and Global Health Magazine.
Principal Investigator, Conflict and HIV in Ukraine: The Effect of Displacement on HIV-related Sex and Substance Use Risk Behaviors Among Ukrainian Young Adults. Completed
Principal Investigator, Evaluating the Efficacy and Feasibility of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Among Male Sex Workers in Eastern Kenya. Completed


Rushwan S, Skipalska H, Capasso A, Navario P, Castillo T (2024).
Understanding domestic violence among older women in Ukraine: A secondary analysis using gender-based violence screening data
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 39 (7-8), 1760-1784. doi: 10.1177/08862605231214594.

Navario PS, Upadhaya N, Hall BJ, Yang LH (2023).
Editorial: Global mental health among marginalized communities in pandemic emergencies
Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1249575. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1249575. PMCID: PMC10402728.

Capasso A, Skipalska H, Chakrabarti U, Guttmacher S, Navario P, Castillo TP (2022).
Patterns of gender-based violence in conflict-affected Ukraine: A descriptive analysis of internally displaced and local women receiving psychosocial services
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37 (23-24), NP21549-NP21572. doi: 10.1177/08862605211063009. PMCID: PMC9240103.

Dauria E, Skipalska H, Gopalakrishnan L, Savenko O, Sabadash L, Tolou-Shams M, Flanigan T, Navario P, Castillo TP (2022).
Exploratory qualitative study examining acceptability of strategies to improve access to substance use treatment and HIV prevention services for young adults on probation in Ukraine
BMJ Open, 12 (11), e061909. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061909. PMCID: PMC9685251.

Shi W, Navario P, Hall BJ (2022).
Prioritising mental health and psychosocial services in relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine
Lancet Psychiatry, 9 (6), e27. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(22)00114-6.

Selected Press
Peter Navario and Scott Rosenstein on the importance of making vaccines available in developing countries to support global public health.