Faculty Profile: Becky Genberg, PhD, MPH

Becky Genberg, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice (R
Public Health-Health Services Policy & Practice
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Becky Genberg's research focuses broadly on HIV prevention in resource-poor settings. Her interests include the application of mixed methods approaches in improving the implementation of HIV treatment-as-prevention and understanding the social and structural determinants of health and health behaviors in marginalized communities.


Dr. Genberg is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010 and an MPH also from Johns Hopkins in 2002. Dr. Genberg completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University in 2012.

Research Description

Dr. Genberg's current research focuses on understanding linkage to HIV care following home-based counseling and testing in western Kenya. She has been involved in several projects to improve the individual and population effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy for HIV. Recently she has been involved in projects aimed at: 1) estimating and improving patient engagement and retention in the cascade of HIV care following HIV testing, 2) improving the measurement of patient medication adherence, and 3) understanding the role of conditional economic incentives in promoting medication adherence.

Dr. Genberg is also interested in the social determinants of drug use in the context of HIV prevention. She has been involved in projects aimed at understanding the impact of the social environment on long term drug use, linkage to HIV care following release from correctional settings, and the relationship between incarceration and drug use behaviors.

Grants and Awards

2003 President's Prize Paper, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
2010 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins University
2010 The Charlotte Silverman Award, Johns Hopkins University
2011 Top three abstract, International Conference on HIV Prevention and Treatment Adherence
2012 National Institutes of Health Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program

Funded Research

Linkage to care following home-based counseling and testing in western Kenya
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Role: Principal Investigator

NRSA Postdoctoral Comparative Effectiveness Development Training Award
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow (PI: Mor)

Long-Term Injection Cessation among Injection Drug Users in Baltimore, Maryland
5R36DA025501 Dissertation Research Award
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

  • Galarraga O, Genberg BL, Martin RA, Barton Laws M, Wilson IB. Conditional economic incentives to improve HIV treatment adherence: Literature review and theoretical considerations. AIDS and Behavior 2013; 17:2283-2292. (2013)
  • Genberg BL, Wilson IB, Bangsberg DR, Arnsten J, Erlen J, Goggin K, Golin C, Remien R, Simoni J, Wagner G, Liu H. Patterns of antiretroviral adherence and impact on viral suppression among patients with HIV in North America. AIDS 2012; 26: 1415-23. (2012)
  • Genberg BL, Gange SJ, Go VF, Celentano DD, Kirk GD, Latkin C, Mehta SH. The effect of neighborhood deprivation and residential relocation on long-term injection cessation among injection drug users (IDUs) in Baltimore, Maryland. Addiction 2011; 106: 1966-1974. (2011)
  • Genberg BL, Gange SJ, Go VF, Celentano DD, Kirk GD, Mehta SH. Trajectories of injection drug use over 20 Years (1988-2008) in Baltimore, Maryland. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 173: 289-836. (2011)
  • Genberg BL, Hlavka Z, Konda KA, Maman S, Chariyalertsak S, Chingono A, Mbwambo J, Modiba P, VanRooyen H, Celentano DD. A comparison of HIV/AIDS-related stigma in four countries: Negative attitudes and perceived acts of discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. Social Science & Medicine 2009; 68: 2279-2287. (2009)
  • Genberg BL, Kulich M, Kawichai S, Modiba P, Chingono A, Kilonzo GP, Richter L, Pettifor A, Sweat M, Celentano DD; NIMH Project Accept Study Team (HPTN 043). HIV-risk behaviors in sub-Saharan Africa and northern Thailand: Baseline behavioral data from Project Accept. Journal of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 2008; 49:309-19. (2008)
  • Mehta SH, Genberg BL, Astemborski J, Kavasery R, Kirk G, Vlahov D, Strathdee S, Thomas D. Limited uptake of hepatitis C treatment among injection drug users. J Community Health 2008; 33:126-33. (2008)
  • Genberg BL, Kawichai S, Chingono A, Sendah M, Chariyalertsak S, Konda KA, Celentano DD. Assessing HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in developing countries. AIDS and Behavior 2008;12(5):772-80. (2008)
  • Kaljee, LM, Genberg BL, Minh TT, Tho LH, Thoa, LTK, Stanton B. Alcohol use and HIV risk behaviors among rural adolescents in Khanh Hoa Province Viet Nam. Health Education Research 2005; 20:71-80. (2005)