Trained as a demographer and epidemiologist, Dr. Stephenson’s work focuses on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues globally and locally. Dr. Stephenson’s work is centered primarily on sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on the development and testing of HIV prevention interventions and the intersection between violence and health. Stephenson is particularly interested in the development and testing of interventions to increase HIV prevention and HIV care engagement, and interventions that tackle the intersection of violence and sexual health. Stephenson has a long history of work in women’s sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on maternal health issues in resource poor countries, examining how climates of gender inequity put women at risk of poor maternal health outcomes. Stephenson is also director of The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities.