Faith Fletcher, PhD

Faith Fletcher

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
1603 W. Taylor St., office 686
Chicago, IL 60612

Dr. Faith Fletcher, PhD is an Assistant professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences and a faculty member with the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. The overall goal of Dr. Fletcher’s research program is to develop and implement community- and clinic-based social and behavioral research to reduce disparities across the HIV continuum among African American women, a population disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Fletcher’s work is grounded in methodological and theoretical approaches from bioethics, public health, and behavioral science disciplines. Her primary areas of research focus on disparities in cervical cancer screening, smoking cessation, and reproductive health among HIV-positive women with attention to the ethics of research on stigmatized populations. Dr. Fletcher is a UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health K12 Fellow.

Dr. Fletcher is part of a Society of Family Planning-funded collaborative effort with AIDS Foundation of Chicago to ultimately increase the integration of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) education and service delivery into existing health service systems for HIV-vulnerable women of reproductive age.  This collaborative effort aligns with her ultimate goal to translate HIV-focused women’s health research into clinical practice and policies. Her research has been funded through the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Program, UIC’S Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Fordham University’s HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, and jointly through Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research and Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Select Publications:

Fletcher FE, Annang L, Kerr J, Buchberg M, Bogdan-Lovis L, Philpott-Jones S. “She Told Them, Oh That Bitch Got AIDS”: Experiences of Multi-Level HIV/AIDS- Related Stigma among African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS in the South. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 2016 Jul;30(7):349-56. doi: 10.1089/apc.2016.0026. PMID:27410498.

Fletcher FE, Ingram LA, Kerr J, Buchberg M, Richter DL, Sowell R. Out of All of This Mess I Got a Blessing: “Perceptions and Experiences of Reproduction and Motherhood among African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS in the South” Journal of the Association of Nursing in AIDS Care 2015 Dec 23. pii: S1055-3290(15)00287-3.doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2015.12.003. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26781931.

Buchberg MK, Fletcher FE, Vidrine DJ, Levison J, Peters MY, Hardwicke R, Yu X, Bell TK. A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Barriers to Postpartum Retention in Care Among Low-Income, HIV-Infected Women. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2015. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2015 Mar;29(3):126-32. doi: 10.1089/apc.2014.0227. Epub 2015 Jan 22.PMID:25612217.

Fletcher FE, Buchberg M, Schover L, Basen-Engquist K, Kempf MC, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. “Perceptions of Barriers and Facilitators to Cervical Cancer Screening among Low-Income, HIV-Infected Women from an Integrated HIV Clinic” AIDS Care, March 2014;26(10):1229-35.

Fletcher FE, Vidrine DJ, Tami-Maury, I, Danysh HE, Buchberg M, King RM, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. “Cervical Cancer Screening Adherence among HIV-Positive Female Smokers from a Comprehensive HIV Clinic” AIDS and Behavior,  2014, Mar;18(3):544-54. doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0480-6.PMID:23605155.