Drew A Westmoreland

Drew A Westmoreland, MSPH, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Business Phone: (352) 273-5468
Business Email: westmorelanddrew@ufl.edu

Accomplishments

NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardee
2022-2024 · National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Member
2020 · Delta Omega, Public Health Honor Society, Iota Chapter

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2023
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
2023
PHC6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
2023
PHC7727 Grant Writing for Population Health Research
2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience

Research Profile

Dr. Westmoreland (she/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida. Broadly, her research interests are in behavioral and sexually transmitted infections (STI) epidemiology. Much of Dr. Westmoreland’s research has focused on sexual behavior associated with HIV/STI risk and prevention including the role that social and structural contexts play in influencing sexual behavior. Her current research centers the intersection of alcohol/substance use and sexual health behavior culminating in her NIAAA funded K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award investigating the impacts of alcohol use and misuse on daily PrEP (pill form) adherence. Additionally, Dr. Westmoreland has research interests and experience in the use of technology to conduct research and disseminate interventions to hard-to-reach populations, in LGBTQ+ health disparities, in applied social network analysis, and in survey research methodology.

Prior to joining the Department at UF, Dr. Westmoreland was a Research Assistant Professor in the City University of New York’s Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health where she also completed her post-doctoral training. Dr. Westmoreland completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, her MSPH at the University of South Carolina, and her BS in Public Health Sciences at Clemson University.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0003-4085-7941

Areas of Interest
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Behavioral epidemiology
  • HIV
  • LGBTQ+ health
  • Sexual health
  • Sexually transmitted infections

Publications

2022
Determinants and Trends of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Vaccine Uptake in a National Cohort of US Adults: A Longitudinal Study.
American journal of epidemiology. 191(4):570-583 [DOI] 10.1093/aje/kwab293. [PMID] 34999751.
2022
Examining inequities in rates of undiagnosed HIV and rectal STIs in a large nationwide cohort study of sexual minority men.
Sexually transmitted infections. 98(4):269-276 [DOI] 10.1136/sextrans-2021-055047. [PMID] 34193532.
2022
Household factors and the risk of severe COVID-like illness early in the U.S. pandemic.
PloS one. 17(7) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0271786. [PMID] 35862418.
2022
Intention to Vaccinate Children Against COVID-19 Among Vaccinated and Unvaccinated US Parents.
JAMA pediatrics. 176(2):201-203 [DOI] 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.5153. [PMID] 34870702.
2022
Racial/ethnic disparities in exposure to COVID-19, susceptibility to COVID-19 and access to health care – findings from a U.S. national cohort.
medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences. [DOI] 10.1101/2022.01.11.22269101. [PMID] 35043126.
2022
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Exposure, Disease Susceptibility, and Clinical Outcomes during COVID-19 Pandemic in National Cohort of Adults, United States.
Emerging infectious diseases. 28(11):2171-2180 [DOI] 10.3201/eid2811.220072. [PMID] 36191624.
2022
Sex in the Era of COVID-19 in a U.S. National Cohort of Cisgender Men, Transgender Women, and Transgender Men Who Have Sex with Men: April-May 2020.
Archives of sexual behavior. 51(1):343-354 [DOI] 10.1007/s10508-021-02121-6. [PMID] 34845579.
2021
Associations of prescription stimulant misuse with subsequent methamphetamine use among a U.S. cohort of HIV-vulnerable sexual and gender minorities who have sex with men
Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 226 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108841. [PMID] 34271513.
2021
Awareness and Acceptability of Undetectable = Untransmittable Among a U.S. National Sample of HIV-Negative Sexual and Gender Minorities.
AIDS and behavior. 25(2):634-644 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-020-02990-3. [PMID] 32897485.
2021
Breaking Inertia: Movement Along the PrEP Cascade in a Longitudinal US National Cohort of Sexual Minority Individuals at Risk for HIV.
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 86(5):e118-e125 [DOI] 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002611. [PMID] 33661823.
2021
Cohort profile: a national, community-based prospective cohort study of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic outcomes in the USA-the CHASING COVID Cohort study.
BMJ open. 11(9) [DOI] 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048778. [PMID] 34548354.
2021
Factors Associated with Being PrEP-Naïve Among a U.S. National Cohort of Former-PrEP and PrEP-Naïve Participants Meeting Objective Criteria for PrEP Care.
Archives of sexual behavior. 50(4):1793-1803 [DOI] 10.1007/s10508-020-01791-y. [PMID] 32794000.
2021
Getting Clear About Rectal Douching Among Men Who Have Sex With Men.
Archives of sexual behavior. 50(7):2911-2920 [DOI] 10.1007/s10508-021-01933-w. [PMID] 34590220.
2021
Health and Access to Gender-Affirming Care During COVID-19: Experiences of transmasculine individuals and men assigned female sex at birth.
American journal of men's health. 15(6) [DOI] 10.1177/15579883211062681. [PMID] 34861796.
2021
Higher and Higher? Drug and Alcohol Use and Misuse among HIV-Vulnerable Men, Trans Men, and Trans Women Who Have Sex with Men in the United States
Substance Use & Misuse. 56(1):111-122 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2020.1843057. [PMID] 33153358.
2021
How Has HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Changed Sex? A Review of Research in a New Era of Bio-behavioral HIV Prevention.
Journal of sex research. 58(7):891-913 [DOI] 10.1080/00224499.2021.1936440. [PMID] 34180743.
2021
Individual and Partnership Factors Associated with Heterosexual Anal Intercourse Among Attendees of Public Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics in Los Angeles County
Archives of Sexual Behavior. 50(1):347-358 [DOI] 10.1007/s10508-020-01831-7. [PMID] 33175271.
2021
Leveraging Technology to Blend Large-Scale Epidemiologic Surveillance With Social and Behavioral Science Methods: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Implementing the UNITE Longitudinal Cohort Study of HIV Risk Factors Among Sexual Minority Men in the United States.
American journal of epidemiology. 190(4):681-695 [DOI] 10.1093/aje/kwaa226. [PMID] 33057684.
2021
Marketing of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) Lawsuits and Social Media Misinformation Campaigns’ Impact on PrEP Uptake Among Gender and Sexual Minority Individuals.
AIDS and behavior. 25(5):1396-1404 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-020-02977-0. [PMID] 32729019.
2021
Mental Health Among Black and Latinx Sexual Minority Adults Leading Up to and Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Results from a Natural Experiment
LGBT Health. 8(7):454-462 [DOI] 10.1089/lgbt.2020.0454. [PMID] 34410196.
2021
Patterns of SARS-CoV-2 Testing Preferences in a National Cohort in the United States: Latent Class Analysis of a Discrete Choice Experiment
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 7(12) [DOI] 10.2196/32846. [PMID] 34793320.
2021
PrEP Uptake and Discontinuation Among a U.S. National Sample of Transgender Men and Women.
AIDS and behavior. 25(4):1063-1071 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-020-03064-0. [PMID] 33057893.
2021
Why Are Patients Switching from Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/Emtricitabine (Truvada) to Tenofovir Alafenamide/Emtricitabine (Descovy) for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis?
AIDS patient care and STDs. 35(8):327-334 [DOI] 10.1089/apc.2021.0033. [PMID] 34375141.
2020
Are we on the precipice of a new epidemic? Risk for hepatitis C among HIV-negative men-, trans women-, and trans men- who have sex with men in the United States.
AIDS care. 32(sup2):74-82 [DOI] 10.1080/09540121.2020.1739204. [PMID] 32172589.
2020
Demographic, Behavioral, and Geographic Differences Between Men, Transmen, and Transwomen Currently on PrEP, Former PrEP Users, and Those Having Never Used PrEP.
AIDS and behavior. 24(5):1304-1311 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-019-02722-2. [PMID] 31707556.
2020
Household factors and the risk of severe COVID-like illness early in the US pandemic.
medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences. [DOI] 10.1101/2020.12.03.20243683. [PMID] 33300008.
2020
Individual and Partner Characteristics Associated With Intentions to Use PrEP Among Partnered Men, Trans Men, and Trans Women in Sero-Concordant and -Discordant Relationships in the United States.
AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education. 32(5):367-377 [DOI] 10.1521/aeap.2020.32.5.367. [PMID] 33112677.
2020
Maximizing Response Rates to Ads for Free At-Home HIV Testing on a Men-for-Men Geosocial Sexual Networking App: Lessons Learned and Implications for Researchers and Providers
Health Education & Behavior. 47(1):5-13 [DOI] 10.1177/1090198119893692. [PMID] 31896287.
2020
Prior HIV testing behaviour is associated with HIV testing results among men, trans women and trans men who have sex with men in the United States.
Journal of epidemiology and community health. 74(9):741-753 [DOI] 10.1136/jech-2019-213493. [PMID] 32434861.
2020
SARS-CoV-2 Testing Service Preferences of Adults in the United States: Discrete Choice Experiment
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 6(4) [DOI] 10.2196/25546. [PMID] 33315584.
2020
Sociocultural Influences on Attitudes Toward Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), History of PrEP Use, and Future PrEP Use in HIV-Vulnerable Cisgender Men Who Have Sex With Men Across the United States
Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health. 1(2):128-158 [DOI] 10.1891/lgbtq-2020-0005. [PMID] 34296211.
2020
Testing, Testing: What SARS-CoV-2 testing services do adults in the United States actually want?
medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences. [DOI] 10.1101/2020.09.15.20195180. [PMID] 32995800.
2020
The Crisis We Are Not Talking About: One-in-Three Annual HIV Seroconversions Among Sexual and Gender Minorities Were Persistent Methamphetamine Users.
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 85(3):272-279 [DOI] 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002461. [PMID] 32740370.
2020
The relationship between anxiety, health, and potential stressors among adults in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.
medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences. [DOI] 10.1101/2020.10.30.20221440. [PMID] 33173880.
2019
A Web-Based Study of HIV Prevention in the Era of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Vulnerable HIV-Negative Gay and Bisexual Men, Transmen, and Transwomen Who Have Sex With Men: Protocol for an Observational Cohort Study
JMIR Research Protocols. 8(9) [DOI] 10.2196/13715. [PMID] 31538945.
2019
Recruiting vulnerable populations to participate in HIV prevention research: findings from the Together 5000 cohort study.
Annals of epidemiology. 35:4-11 [DOI] 10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.05.003. [PMID] 31182379.
2019
Seeing Is Believing? Unique Capabilities of Internet-Only Studies as a Tool for Implementation Research on HIV Prevention for Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Review of Studies and Methodological Considerations.
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 82 Suppl 3(Suppl 3):S253-S260 [DOI] 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002217. [PMID] 31764261.
2018
Factors Associated With Pharyngeal Gonorrhea in Young People: Implications for Prevention.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 45(9):588-593 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000822. [PMID] 29485543.
2014
Project HOPE: online social network changes in an HIV prevention randomized controlled trial for African American and Latino men who have sex with men.
American journal of public health. 104(9):1707-12 [DOI] 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301992. [PMID] 25033137.
1995
Seroepidemiology of herpes virus infections among dental personnel.
Journal of dentistry. 23(6):339-42 [PMID] 8530723.
A Web-Based Study of HIV Prevention in the Era of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Vulnerable HIV-Negative Gay and Bisexual Men, Transmen, and Transwomen Who Have Sex With Men: Protocol for an Observational Cohort Study (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.13715.
Determinants and trends of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and vaccine uptake in a national cohort of U.S. adults: A longitudinal study
. [DOI] 10.1101/2021.05.12.21257116.
Parental COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and vaccine uptake among children and adolescents in the US: Findings from a prospective national cohort
. [DOI] 10.1101/2022.10.16.22281135.
Patterns of SARS-CoV-2 testing preferences in a national cohort in the United States
. [DOI] 10.1101/2020.12.22.20248747. [PMID] 33398293.
Patterns of SARS-CoV-2 Testing Preferences in a National Cohort in the United States: Latent Class Analysis of a Discrete Choice Experiment (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.32846.
Risk Profile of Thanksgiving Gatherers and Subsequent SARS-CoV2 Testing and Diagnosis
. [DOI] 10.1101/2021.04.22.21255631.
SARS-CoV-2 incidence and risk factors in a national, community-based prospective cohort of U.S. adults
. [DOI] 10.1101/2021.02.12.21251659. [PMID] 33619505.
SARS-CoV-2 Testing Service Preferences of Adults in the United States: Discrete Choice Experiment (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.25546.
Spread and sources of information and misinformation about COVID-19 early during the pandemic in a U.S. national cohort study
. [DOI] 10.1101/2021.03.10.21252851.

Grants

Sep 2022 ACTIVE
The Impact of Alcohol on PrEP Adherence in Vulnerable Men
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA

Education

Doctor of Philosophy , Epidemiology
2018 · University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Science in Public Health, Epidemiology
2012 · University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Science, Public Health Sciences
2009 · Clemson University

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