Jeffrey Wickersham, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (AIDS)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

Jeffrey Wickersham is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of infectious diseases. He is the Principal Investigator on a 5-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant# K01DA038529) examining combination biomedical and behavioral approaches to HIV prevention transgender women in Malaysia. Specifically, his work is focused on the development and evaluation of biomedical and behavioral interventions to address HIV prevention and substance abuse treatment among sex workers. His work targets both cisgender female and transgender women in the sex work industry in Southeast Asia. Broadly, his work seeks to understand the effect of gender differences in substance use etiology, drug and sex risk taking behavior, and to develop interventions sensitive to gender-specific needs to improve HIV and substance dependence outcomes. Dr. Wickersham is also a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Research interests
Sexually Transmitted Diseases; HIV Infections
Research summary

HIV Prevention in transgender people; substance abuse treatment and prevention

  • PhD, University of Connecticut, 2010
  • MA, University of Maine, 2005
  • BA, Southwestern University, 2000
  • Wickersham, J. A., Gibson, B. A., Bazazi, A. R., Pillai, V., Pedersen, C. J., Meyer, J. P., El-Bassel, N., Mayer, K. H., Kamarulzaman, A., Altice, F. L. (2017). Prevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and sexually transmitted infections among cisgender and transgender women sex workers in Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Results from a respondent-driven sampling study. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
  • Gibson, B. A., Brown, S. E., Rutledge, R., Wickersham, J. A., Kamarulzaman, A., & Altice, F. L. (2016). Gender identity, healthcare access, and risk reduction among Malaysia's mak nyah community. Glob Public Health, 11(7-8), 1010-1025.
International activities
  • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention among Transgender Women Sex Workers in Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014-2019)
    Evaluation of behavioral and biomedical interventions for HIV and substance abuse prevention among female and transgender women sex workers in Malaysia.

    University of Malaya, University of Malaya

  • HIV & Substance Dependence
    Kiev, Ukraine (2011-2016)
    Development and evaluation of medication-assisted treatment programs for opioid dependence among individuals reentering the community from correctional settings.

  • HIV and Drug Abuse in Malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010-2015)
    Intervention of HIV, Drug Use and the Criminal Justice System in Malaysia

    University of Malaya, University of Malaya