Dr. Prema Filippone is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Silver School of Social Work. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Before joining NYU, Dr. Filippone was a recipient of the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship at Columbia University.
Dr. Filippone is interested in exploring how systematic exclusion, stigmatization, and discrimination serve as drivers for HIV-related health disparities in local and global communities. Her research examines the effects of intersectional stigma and discrimination on health decisions, the ways in which vulnerable communities engage in the HIV Care Continuum, and HIV-related health outcomes affected by persistent barriers to HIV/STI prevention and treatment. Her dissertation utilized mixed methods to evaluate the effects of intersectional stigma on health decisions among vulnerable women living with HIV in the Masaka region, Uganda. At NYU Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Filippone utilizes a multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) framework to develop and evaluate culturally salient intervention components addressing the effects of intersecting stigmas on effective HIV prevention and treatment engagement among Black/African-American and Latinx populations living in high-risk local contexts. More information on Dr. Filippone’s scholarly work can be found on Google Scholar.
Dr. Filippone’s direct service experience spans psychiatric healthcare settings where she worked with traumatized youth to community-based direct services for sexually exploited and trafficked young women and girls. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed teaching graduate courses in Social Work Foundations, Social Work Research Methods, and Program Evaluation for Social Services. Theories in black feminism/activism, critical pedagogy, social justice frameworks, and liberatory and anti-oppressive praxis guide her teaching philosophy. She has led critical race dialogues in educational spaces, including building culturally responsive applied practice among medical students, as part of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Seminar in Foundations in Clinical Medicine.