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Liesl Nydegger, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education and Director of the Gender Health Equity Lab in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Nydegger earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences with a concentration in Global Health, and her Master's in Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University, School of Community and Global Health. In 2015, Dr. Nydegger was awarded a 2-year Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Nydegger was awarded a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in 2012-2013 that took place in Durban, South Africa. Dr.
Nydegger's research interests focus on sexual health equity among vulnerable and underserved populations such as illicit drug users and racial/ethnic minorities who experience health disparities. Specifically, she is interested in HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk and prevention by considering individual-, interpersonal-, and structural-level factors. Individual-level factors include substance use, high-risk sex, and transactional sex (including survival sex). Interpersonal-level factors include intimate partner violence, sexual abuse and assault, and childhood sexual and physical abuse. Community-level factors include structural racism and discrimination, community violence, and neighborhood disorder, housing instability, substandard housing, homelessness, and poverty. Dr. Nydegger's current research combines intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community-level theory-based interventions to prevent HIV and STIs among women of color who experience these multi-level factors.