PhD, Epidemiology University of California, Los Angeles
MSPH, Epidemiology University of South Carolina, Columbia
BS, Public Health Sciences, Clemson University
Dr. Westmoreland is a Research Scientist with the CUNY ISPH Together 5000 Study (T5K), where she is investigating multi-level predictors and correlates of incident HIV and HIV prevention opportunities. Broadly, her research interests include sexual risk behaviors and sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemiology. She is especially interested in the role of social and sexual network forces in influencing sexual behaviors that facilitate or prevent the acquisition and/or transmission of STDs.
Prior to joining the T5K team at CUNY, Dr. Westmoreland completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her dissertation work, titled “Risky Business: Sexual health behaviors, butt stuff, & whether people will talk about it,” explored multi-level and longitudinal influences on sexual risk behaviors, factors related to heterosexual anal intercourse, and the continued usefulness of an older, yet popular, social desirability scale to account for social desirability bias in sexual health research.
In addition to expertise in behavioral and STD epidemiology, Dr. Westmoreland has training and experience in applying social network analysis methodology to better understand the social- and sexual-network contexts of sexual health behaviors.