Brooke West

Brooke West

fa2224@columbia.edu
Department: 
Sociomedical Sciences
Biographical Note: 

Brooke S. West is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, pursuing a joint degree in Sociology and Public Health.  At the broadest level, Brooke's research focuses on the social determinants of health, primarily in the context of HIV prevention and treatment.  Her dissertation, "The Real Risks of Fishing: Reconceptualizing HIV Risk among Drug Using Fishermen in Malaysia," is a mixed methods analysis of how risk perception and HIV risk decision-making are fundamentally social processes that are shaped by social networks and conceptualizations of masculinity.  She has also conducted research with women involved in sex work in India, migrant marketplace workers in Kazakhstan, and has looked at the intersection between gender, water/sanitation, and HIV health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.  While a doctoral student at Columbia, she has held an NIH-funded training fellowship in Gender, Sexuality, and Health and a NIDA-funded training fellowship in Drug Abuse Research.  She has also served as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. Currently, she works as the Principal Research Associate on a NIDA-funded study assessing changes over time in the HIV epidemic among injection drug users in 96 of the largest cities in the United States. Her work has been published in AIDS and Behavior, AIDS, PLoS One, and is forthcoming in the International Journal of Drug Policy.