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Odhiambo Judith, WATCH Research Associate

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Judith Odhiambo

WATCH Research Associate


Women, ART and the Criminalization of HIV (WATCH HIV)

Biography

For the past 10 years, Judith Odhiambo have dedicated her volunteer and professional work in HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (CBR) ,community leadership and development, advocacy to development of research evidence that promotes the health and well-being of marginalized communities impacted by the HIV epidemic. Judith is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health to advance her knowledge in CBR and Critical Social Research to examine how systems of power underpins health disparities and constrains HIV response, and to use methodologies that produce evidence which can inform social policies and public health practices. My research proposes to understand how HIV criminalization and intersectional stigmas of HIV that cuts across multiple social identities impacts HIV prevention and healthcare engagement along the HIV care continuum from the standpoints of Black African and Caribbean (ACB) communities undiagnosed and living with HIV, researchers, their healthcare providers, and policy makers. Judith also holds a Master’s of Science in Psychology with specialty in Organizational Psychology and Development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communication. This multi-disciplinary training has equipped her with technical skills in diverse areas including integrated research methodologies, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, competence development, systemic change processes, and knowledge translation and exchange. The multidisciplinary approach to learning and practice is best suited to her experiences and career aspirations as an academic, researcher, and activists. It also complements her health research objectives, which are to examine the intersections of medico-legal policies and practices, intersectional stigmas and discrimination, health disparities and the lived experiences of racialized communities burdened with the HIV epidemic.