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Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C

Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C

Associate Professor

UNC Center for Health Equity Research

EDUCATION

PhD | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | International Health/Social and Behavioral Interventions

MPH | Rollins School of Public Health | Behavioral Science

MMSc | Emory University | Physician Assistant

BIOGRAPHY

Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH, is Associate Professor of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as core faculty in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. After completing doctoral studies, Dr. Poteat served for two years in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator as the Senior Advisor for Key Populations. Since returning to academia in 2014, Dr. Poteat’s research, teaching, and practice have focused on HIV and LGBTQ health disparities with particular attention to the health and we … Continued

Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH, is Associate Professor of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel
Hill, as well as core faculty in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. After
completing doctoral studies, Dr. Poteat served for two years in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator as the Senior Advisor for Key Populations. Since returning to academia in 2014, Dr. Poteat’s research, teaching, and practice have focused on HIV and LGBTQ health disparities with particular attention to the health and well-being of transgender communities. Her current work attends to the health consequences of stigma based on multiple marginalized identities. Dr. Poteat is a certified HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine and has devoted her clinical practice to providing medically appropriate and culturally competent care to members of the LGBTQ community as well as people living with HIV. In 2018, she was selected for the Simmons Scholars Program which provides support for  UNC faculty who are underrepresented in medicine. Dr. Poteat earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Yale University, Master of Medical Science from Emory University, Master of Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health, and PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

CONTACTS

  (919) 445-6364

  tonia_poteat@med.unc.edu

HEALTH EQUITY FOCUS

HIV LGBTQ Social Discrimination

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Simmons Scholar Award

    2018,
  • Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring

    2017,
  • Diversity Leadership Award

    2014,

KEY PROJECTS

  • LITE Plus | The study seeks to elucidate pathways linking stigma and physiologic stress to HIV comorbidities among Black and Latina gender minority women. The specific aims of the project include to: (1) quantify the longitudinal relationship of stigma to chronic stress biomarkers; (2) identify pathways linking chronic stress biomarkers to HIV comorbidities; and (3) examine the role of chronic stress in pathways linking stigma, sex hormones, and HIV comorbidities.

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