Interview with Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Sexual Health Educator
My guest on this episode is Dr. Keosha Bond, a behavioral scientist and sexual health educator from New York. She and I had such a great time during this interview. Before I started recording, we were chatting about a few different things just getting to know each other before the recording officially started. I often do this with guest and it helps builds rapport and eases their nerves a bit if they’re feeling anxious about the interview. Dr. Bond and I quickly found out that we have several unique things in common both personally and professionally, and it was simply nice and refreshing to be able to visit with her for a little while.
Meet Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH
Dr. Keosha T. Bond is a Behavioral Scientist and Sexual Health Educator who has centered her work on the complex intersections of race, sexuality, social justice, and health disparities among marginalized populations.
Dr. Bond’s primary research interests have focused on understanding how socio-structural and cultural factors influence the transmission of HIV and using rigorous, formative research to develop culturally appropriate interventions to address these factors.
Specifically, her work is focus on the exploration of the relationship between race, gender and power imbalances in society, heightened risk of sexually transmitted infections, and sexual inequality among marginalized genders.
These projects involve the use of innovative theoretical perspectives, such as intersectionality, resilience, and social-ecological theories, multiple research methods and the incorporation of internet technology for dissemination and outreach.
As a researcher, Dr. Bond ‘s most recent work has concentrated on the development of innovative health education interventions using online technology and social media for a broad dissemination of behavior change interventions related to biomedical strategies such as pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis.
She is the principal investigator for a formative research study that explores the barriers and facilitators to Black women's use of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to develop an e-health intervention to increase knowledge of PrEP among that population called the L.O.V.E Study. (L.O.V.E. stands for Learning Options through Video Education).
In addition, she is also the principal investigator for TURN IT UP (which stands for Transgender Unique Resources and Networking through Internet Technology), and which expands her research to develop sexual health and HIV risk reduction interventions for transgender women of color using e-health and mobile health technologies.
Dr. Bond is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Community Health in the Department of Public Health at New York Medical College, a Visiting Faculty Fellow in the REIDS Scholars program at Yale University School of Public Health, and Diversity Scholar for the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions.
Dr. Bond completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Drug Abuse Research at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She holds a Doctorate in Health Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master in Public Health from Hunter College, a BS in Psychology from Fordham University, and a Certification in Comparative Effectiveness Research from New York University.
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Dr. Bond's Career Advice to Public Health Students
Take this time to explore the field and find your passion.
Seek out mentorship and explore internships that will your network and skill set.
Start developing career goals.
Dr. Bond's Career Advice to Public Health Graduates
Remember that your career is a work in progress. You are constantly developing yourself.
Expand your peer and mentorship.
Apply for jobs that connect to your career goals.
Connect with Dr. Bond
LinkedIn: Keosha Bond, EdD, MPH
Facebook: Anti-Racism 101
Facebook: E-Sex Health Lab
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