Ph.D. in Sociology, 2013. Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, NY
M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences, 2003. Columbia University. New York, NY
B.S. in Applied Social Sciences, 2000. Binghamton University. Binghamton, NY
Amy Braksmajer joined the School of Nursing faculty as a research associate in 2014. Dr. Braksmajer has a broad background in public health and sociology, with specialized training in qualitative research methods and a substantive focus on the intersection of gender and sexual health. As such, Dr. Braksmajer takes an interdisciplinary approach to research on HIV risk reduction among vulnerable populations, including but not limited to individuals who are disempowered in their sexual relationships. She is also interested in combination (i.e., behavioral and biomedical) approaches to HIV prevention among heterosexual women and men who have sex with men.
Since joining the School of Nursing, Dr. Braksmajer has served as project director for studies exploring the development of an innovative HIV risk-reduction intervention targeting women with a history of childhood sexual abuse (Senn, PI), as well as the development of an intervention aimed at retaining HIV-positive Black men who have sex with men in HIV care (Senn, PI), Currently, Dr. Braksmajer acts as project director for a mixed-methods prospective open-label PrEP demonstration project (McMahon, PI).
Dr. Braksmajer is an active member of the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the School of Nursing's Interdisciplinary Sexual Health and HIV Research Group, and the Department of Psychiatry's Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization.
Areas of Expertise
Care Strategies : Behavioral Change
Level of Care : Prevention
Level of Care : Public Health - Epidemiology
Populations : Adults
Populations : Men
Populations : Women
Theoretical Interests : Bio-Psycho-Social
Theoretical Interests : Social / Physical Environmental
Care Strategies : Relationships / Caring
Promoting Healthy Behaviors : Mechanisms
"My current research centers on investigating the potential utility of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a biomedical HIV prevention method, among individuals who experience intimate partner violence. I recently completed a qualitative study exploring PrEP feasibility and acceptability among women in violent relationships, and am currently conducting a quantitative study regarding the effects of intimate partner violence on PrEP uptake among men who have sex with men. My work reflects my scholarly interest in the social determinants of health, as well as my passionate commitment to the promotion of sexual equity and autonomy for individuals at high risk of HIV infection."
Senn TE, Braksmajer A, & Carey, MP (n.d.). Development and refinement of a novel HIV risk reduction intervention for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse.Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (In press).
Braksmajer A, McMahon JM, LeBlanc N, Urban MA (n.d.). Feasibility and Acceptability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use Among Women In Violent Relationships.(In review).
Braksmajer, A., Simmons, J., Aidala, A., & McMahon, J. M. (2018). Effects of discrimination on HIV-related symptoms in heterosexual men of color.American Journal of Men's Health. PMID: 30168363 DOI: 10.1177/1557988318797790
Braksmajer A, Fedor TM, Chen S-R, Corales R, Holt S, Valenti W, McMahon JM (2018). Willingness to Take PrEP for HIV Prevention: The Combined Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Physician Trust.AIDS Education and Prevention.
Senn TE, Braksmajer A, Urban MA, Coury-Doniger P, Carey MP (2017). Pilot Test of an Integrated Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Women with a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse [Epub ahead of print].AIDS Behav.
Anugu M., Braksmajer A., Huang J., Yang J., Ladowski K., Pati S (2017). Enriched medical home interventions using community health workers reduces emergency room use.Pediatrics, 139 (5).
Senn TE, Braksmajer, Coury-Doniger, Urban MA, Carey MP (2017). Mobile technology use and desired technology-based intervention characteristics among HIV+ Black men who have sex with men.AIDS Care, 29 (4), 423-427.
Braksmajer A (2017). "That's Kind of One of Our Jobs": Sexual Activity as a Form of Care Work Among Women with Sexual Difficulties.Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Braksmajer A (2017). Struggles for Medical Legitimacy and Perceptions of Gender Bias among Women Experiencing Sexual Pain (epub ahead of print).Women & Health, 1 -15.
Senn, T.E., Braksmajer, A., Coury-Doniger, P., Urban, M.A., Rossi, A., Carey, M.P. (2017). Development and Preliminary Pilot Testing of a Peer Support Text Messaging Intervention for HIV-Infected Black Men Who Have Sex with Men..J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 74, S121-S127.
Senn TE, Braksmajer A, Coury-Doniger P, Urban MA, Rossi A, & Carey MP (2017). Development and preliminary pilot testing of a peer support text messaging intervention for HIV+ Black men who have sex with men.Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 74 Suppl 2. S121-S127.
Cort NA, Senn TE, Carey MP, Braksmajer A (2016). Recalled explanations for adolescent girls' engagement in age-discordant sexual relationships.AIDS and Behavior, 20 (6), 1327-33.
Braksmajer A, Senn TE, McMahon JM (2016). The potential of pre-exposure prophylaxis for women in violent relationships.AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 30 (6), 274-281.
Roschelle A, Watson C, French T, Braksmajer A (2012). National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, Injection Drug Users (IDU): Primary Data Report.New York State Department of Health: Albany, NY.
Desai S, Aldea D, Daneels E, Soliman M, Braksmajer AS, Kopes-Kerr CP (2006). Chronic addiction to dextromethorphan cough syrup: a case report.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 19 (3), 320-323.
Jaber R, Braksmajer A, Trilling J (2006). Group visits for chronic illness care: models, benefits and challenges.Family Practice Management, 13 (1), 37-40.
Jaber R, Braksmajer A, Trilling J (2006). Group visits: A qualitative review of current research.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 19 (3), 276-290.