Gamji Rabiu Abu’Ba-are is a trained global health and behavioral scientist, urban planner, interdisciplinarian, and health geographer. His research broadly focuses on the of use social epidemiology, implementation science, and community participatory approaches to understanding ways to optimize HIV/STI prevention and treatment outcomes among adolescents and young adults (AYA) within the context of locational and socio-cultural settings such as stigmatizing environments, settlement types (e.g., informal/underserved/migrant communities), demographics (e.g., sexual orientation, race, poverty, education, religion). His secondary research focuses on access to nutritious food among underserved communities. His community participatory approach reflects his belief that health planning and intervention design and implementation need to employ a bottom-up approach where scholars engage intended beneficiaries from the conceptualization stages of research, intervention design, implementation, and dissemination of research findings.

Abu-Ba'are's approach typically involves using the ADAPT-IT framework in designing and implementing studies in two phases/aims.

  1. Understand the experiences of intersectional stigma, social vulnerability, and their impact on HIV/STI risk and access to HIV/STI prevention and care services among adolescents and young adults (AYA).
  2. Test the efficacy of community acceptable interventions to promote the reduction in intersectional stigma and HIV/STI incidence among AYA, with a particular focus on same-gender sex, transactional sex, substance use, and Healthcare facilities in socially vulnerable communities in the United States, West Africa, and African migrant sex work communities in European countries.

Current Focus

I am currently focused on three research inquiries:

  1. assessing community acceptable ways to reduce intersectional stigma, reduce HIV/STI risk factors, increase HIV self-testing, and increase linkage to care among AYA men engaged in same-gender sex in resource-limited settings in West Africa.
  2. Locally, understanding ways to reduce intersectional stigma and HIV/STI risk factors among AYA with a history of substance use in the upstate New York area.
  3. In Europe, engaging with migrant sex workers who migrated by road from West Africa through North Africa to Italy and Spain to understand their HIV/STI risk factors, experiences of intersectional stigma, and navigation of the health care system throughout their journey and to device strategies to address their HIV/STI risk factors and health care needs across borders.

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY. 2022 - Current

Assistant Professor (joint), University of Rochester School of Public Health Sciences, Rochester, NY. 2020 - Current

Inaugural Harriet J. Kitzman Endowed Fellow in Global Research
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2022

Graduate Student Excellence in Service/Outreach
Binghampton University, 2019

PhD. Tuition Scholarship
Binghampton University College of Community and Public Affairs, 2019

PhD. Tuition Scholarship
Binghampton University College of Community and Public Affairs, 2018

PhD. Tuition Scholarship
Binghampton University College of Community and Public Affairs, 2017

Masters Tuition Scholarship
Binghampton University Geography Department, 2016

1st Place Position, Student Paper Competition Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference
Kent State University, 2016

Partial Masters Tuition Scholarship
Binghampton University Geography Department, 2015

Boyd, D.T., Abubakari, G.M., Turner, D., Raquel Ramos, S., Hill, M.J., & Nelson, L.E. (2022). The Influence of Family Bonding, Support, Engagement in Healthcare, on PrEP Stigma among Young Black and Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Path Analysis. Children, 9 (3). PMID: 35327703 PMCID: PMC8947403 DOI: 10.3390/children9030330

Abubakari, G.M., Smith, M.D.R., Boyd, D.T., Raquel Ramos, S., Johnson, C., Benavides, J.L., Threats, M., Allen, J.L., & Quinn, C.R. (2022). Assessing Different Types of HIV Communication and Sociocultural Factors on Perceived HIV Stigma and Testing among a National Sample of Youth and Young Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (2). PMID: 35055823 PMCID: PMC8776079 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19021003

Nyblade, L Stockton, M, Saalim, K, Clay, S; Chonta, M, Dada, D, Abu-Ba’are G. M. R, Mankattah, E; Vormawor, R; Appiah, P, Boakye, F, Akrong, R; Manu, A; Gyamera, E, Turner, D, Sharma, K, Torpey, Kwasi, Nelson, L. (2022). Using a Mixed-methods Approach to Adapt an HIV Stigma Reduction to Address Intersectional Stigma Faced by men who have sex with men in Ghana. The Journal of the International AIDS Society. PMID: 35818873 PMCID: PMC9274363 DOI: 10.1002/jia2.25908

Ajiboye, W., Nelson, L., Odhiambo, A., Yusuf, A., Djiadeu, P., Turner, D. A., Abubakari, M., Pedersen, C., Brown, R., Ni, A., Guillaue, G., Lofters, A., & Williams, G. (2022). Decision conflict and the decision support needs of HIV PrEP-eligible Black patients in Toronto regarding the adoption of PrEP for HIV prevention. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC), 21, 232595822110733. PMID: 35098770 PMCID: PMC8808024 DOI: 10.1177/23259582211073399

Ogunbajo, A., Abubakari, G.M., Edeza, A., Iwuagwu, S., Williams, R., Biello, K., & Mimiaga, M.J. (2021). Transactional Sex Is Associated with Income Level and Psychosocial Health Problems among Gay and Bisexual Men (GBM) in Nigeria, Africa. Journal of Sex Research, 58 (6), 706-712. PMID: 33284044 PMCID: PMC8180523 DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2020.1854649

Abubakari, G.M.R. (2021). Grocery stores or convenience stores? The food accessibility situation of a Rust Belt city in Upstate New York. Praxis: A Journal of Gender and Cultural Critique.

Guillaume, G., Ramos, S.R., Abubakari, G.M.R., Turner, D.E., Ajiboye, W., Yusuf, A., & Nelson, L.E. (2021). Barriers and facilitators to providing human immunodeficiency virus pre-exposure prophylaxis decision support to black patients in Canada: a cross-sectional study. International Health Trends and Perspectives.

Abubakari, G.M., Turner, D., Ni, Z., Conserve, D.F., Dada, D., Otchere, A., Amanfoh, Y., Boakye, F., Torpey, K., & Nelson, L.E. (2021). Community-Based Interventions as Opportunities to Increase HIV Self-Testing and Linkage to Care Among Men Who Have Sex With Men – Lessons From Ghana, West Africa. Frontiers in Public Health, 9. PMID: 34178919 PMCID: PMC8226123 DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.660256

Abubakari, G.M., Owusu-Dampare, F., Ogunbajo, A., Gyasi, J., Adu, M., Appiah, P., Torpey, K., Nyblade, L., & Nelson, L.E. (2021). HIV Education, Empathy, and Empowerment (HIVE 3): A Peer Support Intervention for Reducing Intersectional Stigma as a Barrier to HIV Testing among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Ghana. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (24). PMID: 34948712 PMCID: PMC8702001 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182413103

Ogunbajo, A., Oke, T., Okanlawon, K., Abubakari, G.M.R., & Oginni, O. (2021). Religiosity and Conversion Therapy is Associated with Psychosocial Health Problems among Sexual Minority Men (SMM) in Nigeria. Journal of Religion and Health. PMID: 34455514 DOI: 10.1007/s10943-021-01400-9

Nelson, L.E., Nyblade, L., Torpey, K., Logie, C.H., Qian, H.-Z., Manu, A., Gyamerah, E., Boakye, F., Appiah, P., Turner, D., Stockton, M., Abubakari, G.M., & Vlahov, D. (2021). Multi-level intersectional stigma reduction intervention to increase HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Ghana: Protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 16. PMID: 34843529 PMCID: PMC8629287 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0259324

Abubakari, G.M., Dada, D., Nur, J., Turner, D., Otchere, A., Tanis, L., Ni, Z., Mashoud, I.W., Nyhan, K., Nyblade, L., & Nelson, L.E. (2021). Intersectional stigma and its impact on HIV prevention and care among MSM and WSW in sub-Saharan African countries: a protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. PMID: 34362801 PMCID: PMC8351482 DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047280

Abubakari, G.M., Nelson, L.E., Ogunbajo, A., Boakya, F., Appiah, P., Odhiambo, Ap. Sa, T., Zhang, N., Ngozi, I., Scott, A., Mania, G., Manu, A. & Torpey, K. (2021). Implementation and evaluation of a culturally grounded group-based HIV prevention programme for men who have sex with men in Ghana. Global Public Health, 1-18. PMID: 33050773 PMCID: PMC8728790 DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1832555

Abubakari, G. M. R., Turner, D., Nelson, L. E., Odhiambo, A. J., Boakye, F., Manu, A., ... & Wilton, L. (2021). An application of the ADAPT-ITT model to an evidence-based behavioral HIV prevention intervention for men who have sex with men in Ghana. International Health Trends and Perspectives. DOI: 10.32920/ihtp.v1i1.1412

Ogunbajo, A., Restar, A., Edeza, A., Goedel, W., Jin, H., Iwuagwu, S., Williams, R., Abubakari, M.R., Biello, K. and Mimiaga, M. (2020). Poor sleep health is associated with increased mental health problems, substance use, and HIV sexual risk behavior in a large, multistate sample of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in Nigeria, Africa.. Sleep Health. PMID: 32201228 PMCID: PMC7501157 DOI: 10.1016/j.sleh.2020.02.010

Abubakari, Mohammed R., DiNicola, Kirsten, & Lee, Wonhyung. (2020). Empirical insights on technology use for navigating human services. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 38 (4), 331-351. DOI: 10.1080/15228835.2020.1789025

Abubakari, M. R. (2018). Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach to Food Accessibility Research. Global Journal of Human Social Science.

Formative research to adapt a community-based HIV self-testing education and promotion (STEP) intervention for men who have sex with men (MSM) living in slum settlements in Ghana
National Institute of Mental Health Grant/Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS 
None/2021 - Current
Role: Principal Investigator

Assessing community acceptable alternative in meeting transportation needs of a low-income area in Binghamton, NY.
Town and Gown Board, Binghamton 
None/2018 - Current
Role: Principal Investigator

Understanding the role of neighborhoods on substance use and mental health among Urban Youth: A community-based substance use prevention project
NIH Director's Early Independence Award 
None/2022 - None/2025
Role: Co-Investigator
PI: Opara, I.