Abigail Harrison

Assistant Professor (Research) of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Offices: Room 203, PSTC, and Room 263, Brown School of Public Health

Tel: (401) 863-6183
Fax: (401) 863-3351


Abigail Harrison’s research focuses on young women, gender, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current projects address 1) young women’s reproductive decision-making and HIV risk, including contraceptive use, peri-conception behaviors, and unintended pregnancy, 2) social, economic, and health disparities in relation to HIV/AIDS, and 3) behavioral economics approaches to HIV prevention.

Harrison's research draws on approaches from epidemiology and anthropological demography, using ethnographic, qualitative, and community survey methods. Additional research interests are marriage patterns and family organization; schooling patterns and health outcomes; and women’s empowerment in relation to HIV prevention.  She is co-investigator on a five year R24 award from NICHD, “Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Scientists in South Africa, in collaboration with the University of Cape Town.

PSTC collaborators include Susan Short for research on gender, marriage, and families in Lesotho; and Mark Lurie (Partnership for Next Generation of HIV Social Science), Stephen McGarvey, and Omar Galarraga (behavioral economics and HIV prevention). 


Fertility and family planning, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Qualitative research, Sub-Saharan Africa