Sophia Hussen, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Department of Global Health


  • AB, Harvard University, 2000
  • MPH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Residency, University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010
  • Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine, 2013


Dr. Hussen is an assistant professor at Emory with a dual appointment in the School of Public Health (Department of Global Health) and the School of Medicine (Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases). Her clinical and research interests focus on the treatment and prevention of HIV among adolescents and young adults. In her research, she seeks to bridge sociobehavioral and biomedical approaches to improving HIV-related outcomes for racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth. In addition to her Atlanta-based work, she also has an interest in studying the HIV epidemic in Ethiopia, and on contributing to medical education and research efforts in that setting.


  • Treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS among adolescents; racial and ethnic health disparities; qualitative research methods; social and contextual influences on health behaviors


2012 Adolescent Trials Scholar (Adolescent Trials Network)

2012 NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardee

2012 Housestaff Organization Professionalism Excellence Award

2012 HIV Prevention Trials Network Scholar

2011 J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Outstanding Fellow Award

2006 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

2004 Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania Service and Leadership Award


2012-present International AIDS Society

2010-present Infectious Diseases Society of America

2006-present Gold Humanism in Medicine Society

2001-present American Public Health Association

2006-2010 American Academy of Pediatrics

2002-2006 Student National Medical Association


1) SA Hussen, R Stephenson, C del Rio, L Wilton, J Wallace, D Wheeler (2013). "HIV Testing Among Black Men who have Sex with Men: A Qualitative Typology." PLoS One, accepted for publication.

2) SA Hussen, L Bowleg, T Sangaramoorthy, DJ Malebranche (2012). "Parents, Peers and Pornography: The influence of formative sexual scripts on adult HIV sexual risk behaviour among Black men." Culture, Health and Sexuality 14(8): 863-77.

3) SD Halpern, SA Hussen, et al (2007). "Development of an e-mail database of U.S. intensive care physicians" Critical Care Medicine 22(1):28-31.

4) Maniar TN, I Braunstein, S Keefe, S Hussen, T Abrams, A DeMichele, W El-Deiry (2007). "Childhood ALL and risk of second neoplasms." Cancer Biology and Therapy 6(10):1525-31.