June 21, 2017

Alexandra Marshall, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHES

Associate Professor

Co-Director, PhD program in Health Promotion & Prevention Research


2012, Ph.D., Health Behavior, Indiana University
2008, MPH, Health Behavior & Health Education, UAMS COPH
2005, BA, Biology and Broadcast Journalism, University of Arkansas

C.V. Available

Research Interest

  • Adolescent/emerging adult sexuality, sexual health and development;
  • Health disparities among sexual and gender minorities (particularly HIV and bullying/discrimination among LGBT youth);
  • Prevention of HIV/STIs and unplanned pregnancy;
  • Qualitative research methods

Current Research Projects

June 2020-May 2025       Project Director (as of July 2021)

MCH Public Health Catalyst Program, “COPH MPH Maternal & Child Health Track” – HRSA

Course Instructors/co-Investigators: Wendy Nembhard, Leslie McCormack; and Brooke Montgomery (as of Aug 2021); Former PD: Keneshia Bryant-Moore (June 2020-2021); UAMS


March 2020-Feb 2021     Principal Investigator

Arkansas Center for Health Disparities Cycle 3 Pilot Award, “Identifying Factors Affecting Affirming Care for Transgender Arkansans” – NIH/NIMHD

Project team: Kate Stewart, Geoff Curran & Song Ounpraseuth; UAMS

March 2021-Apr 2022     No cost extension due to COVID-19


Aug 2019-Jun 2020           Principal Investigator

Center for AIDS Research Supplement, “Using a big-data approach to characterize disparities in the HIV care continuum and viral suppression among rural communities in Arkansas” – NIH/NIAID

Project team: Jun Tao (MPI), Brown University; Mentors/co-I’s: Nick Zaller, Philip Chan, Ira Wilson, Amy Nunn, Don Operario, and Mike Cima; UAMS, Brown University & AR Dept of Health

July 2020-June 2022        No cost extension due to COVID-19


Apr 2019-2021                   Co-Investigator/Co-Lead

Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award, “Development of a Regional Transgender Health Research and Education Collaborative in the Southern US” – Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

PI/Co-Lead: Kate Stewart; UAMS COPH

May 2021-Sep 2021         No cost extension due to COVID-19

Courses Taught

  • HBHE 6021: Advanced Health Behavior Theories
  • HBHE 5214: Advanced Concepts of Human Sexuality
  • COPH 6000: Learning to Teach Advanced Concepts of Human Sexuality
  • COPH 6700: Techniques for Interviewing Adolescents
  • COPH 6100: Directed Study of Social Determinants of Health

Selected Recent Publications

Allison, M.K., Marshall, S.A., Stewart, G., Joiner, M., Nash, C. & Stewart, M.K. (Available online June 25, 2021). Experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Patients in the Emergency Department and Recommendations for Healthcare Policy, Education, and Practice. Journal of Emergency Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2021.04.013

Marshall, S.A., Neher, T., Sockwell, L., Brown, L. & Zaller, N. (2020). Current HIV Testing & Risk Behaviors among Students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities in a Southern State. Journal of the National Medical Association. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnma.2020.04.008 

Zaller, N., Neher, T., Presley, M., Marshall, S.A., Zielinski, M. & Brinkley-Rubenstein, L. (2020).  Barriers to Linking High-Risk Jail Detainees to HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PLOS ONE,15(4): e0231951. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231951

Tao, J.,Montgomery, M., Chu, C., Sosnowy, C., Almonte, A., Goedel, W., Silva, E., Reisopoulos, A., Marshall, S. A.,Zaller, N., Rogers, B., Nunn, A., Marshall, B. & Chan, P. (2020). HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis awareness and use among men who have sex with men only and men who have sex with both men and women. AIDS, Patient Care and STDs, 34 (8), 327-330. DOI: 10.1089/apc.2020.0072

Marshall, S.A., Hudson, H. & Stigar, L. (2020, Spring). Perceptions of a school-based sexuality education curriculum: Findings from focus groups with parents and teens in a southern state. The Health Educator, 51 (1), 35-47.

Marshall, S.A., Driver, N. & Allison, M.K. (2020). Attitudes Towards Contraception: Focus Groups with Arkansas Teens and Parents. Sex Education. Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14681811.2020.1759526

Allison, M.K., Marshall, S.A., Archie, D.S., Neher, T., Stewart, G., Anders, M.E. & Stewart, M.K. (2019). Community-engaged development, implementation, and evaluation of an interprofessional education workshop on gender-affirming care, Transgender Health,4(1), 280–286, DOI: 10.1089/trgh.2019.0036.

Marshall, S.A., Allison, M.K., Stewart, M.K., Thompson, N. & Archie, D. (2018). Highest priority health and health care concerns of transgender and gender nonbinary individuals in a southern state. Transgender Health, 3 (1). Retrieved from https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/trgh.2018.0003