Lakshmi Goparaju

Lakshmi Goparaju, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center
Project Director, Women's Interagency HIV Study, Georgetown University Medical Center
Phone: 202-784-2687


Research Interests:

My research interests include HIV risk behaviors, sexuality, reproductive health and gender. I have conducted research in the US, India, Ghana and Nigeria.


I have a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University, and an M.Phil. in social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. My research expertise has focused on qualitative methods and mixed methods. I have also worked with international public health organizations in program planning, monitoring & evaluation of programs and capacity building in gender. In WIHS, I have conducted research on women’s perspectives on men-on-down-low, aging with HIV, disclosure of HIV status, and alcohol consumption.

Representative publications:

Goparaju L, Warren-Jeanpiere L. African American women's perspectives on 'down low/DL' men: implications for HIV prevention. Cult Health Sex. 2012 Sep;14(8):879-93. Epub 2012 Jul 18. PubMed PMID: 22804686; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3461216.