University of South Carolina (USC)
Dr. Cheryl Armstead, is an associate professor in the USC Department of Psychology, Clinical-Community Program. She is an adjunct professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Cancer Prevention and Control Center in the Arnold School of Public Health She has been engaged in research and community interventions to promote sexual health among African Americans since 1994. Her work embodies the perspective that culturally-relevant intersectional research pertaining to health equity is essential to bridging Black sexual health disparities gaps and promoting social justice. Past research as examined Community Perceptions of the HIV pandemic as a conspiracy to harm African Americans. Currently, she is focusing on the roles of body image, discrimination, and sexual risk behaviors among African American women. As director of the USC Health Equity Laboratory, her she mentors students in research centered on sexual risk behaviors, access to health care in the LBGT community, and male LBGT body image and sexual risk behaviors.