Nancy Padian PhD, MPH

Adjunct Professor
Epidemiology

Nancy Padian is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the epidemiology and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.

Nancy Padian is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, in the University of California, Berkeley. She is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the epidemiology and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. Her work bridges the gap between traditional infectious disease epidemiology and the broader context of women’s reproductive health. Dr. Padian served as a principal investigator on numerous federally and privately funded research projects in high-risk populations. Her domestic research currently addresses adolescent reproductive health among teens in immigrant and minority communities. The major objective of her international research program is to reduce the risk of HIV among young women primarily through the use of female-controlled methods of prevention such as microbicides or barrier contraceptives, and through the development of programs that foster economic independence and thus reduce reliance on male sexual partners. Nine years ago, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Zimbabwe, she founded the UZ-UCSF Collaborative Research Program in Women’s Health, located in Zimbabwe where she currently has several research projects. She is developing similar programs in India and in Mexico. Dr. Padian is a Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. Dr. Padian served as vice chair of the University of California task force on AIDS and currently directs international research for the UCSF AIDS Research Institute and is co-director of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy. Dr. Padian is a frequent participant in annual NIH Office of AIDS Research planning workshops and chaired the committee on international priorities for the last two years. She serves on the NIH AIDS epidemiology study section and is an elected member to the American Epidemiology Society.

  • PhD – Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH – Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS – Reading Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse New York
  • BA – Child Development and Education, Colgate University, Hamilton New York
  • Epidemiology and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
  • Reproductive health
  • Design of public health interventions
  • Impact evaluation