Henna Budhwani, PhD

Assistant Professor
Ryals 320

Dr. Henna Budhwani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology and an M.P.H. in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Budhwani works closely with community partners domestically and internationally that are interested in improving health outcomes through research and public health practice. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests include HIV, stigma, mental health, and health disparities, with an emphasis on immigrant, minority, and adolescent health.


Selected Publications in HIV 

Budhwani H, Hearld KR, Milner A, Charow R, McGlaughlin E, Rosario S, Rodriguez-Lauzurique RM, and Paulino-Ramirez R. In press. “Transgender Women’s Experiences with Stigma, Trauma, and Attempted Suicide in the Dominican Republic.” Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior.

Fazelia P, Turan JM, Budhwani H, Smith WD, Raper JL, Mugavero MJ, and Turan B. 2016 online before print. “Moment-to-moment within-person associations between acts of discrimination and internalized stigma in people living with HIV: An experience sampling study.” Stigma and Health

Turan B, Budhwani H, Browning WR, Goodin B, Raper JL, Mugavero MJ, Turan JM. 2016 online before print. “How does stigma affect people living with HIV? The mediating roles of internalized and anticipated HIV stigma in the effects of perceived community stigma on health and psychosocial outcomes.” AIDS and Behavior.


Selected Publications in Mental Health and Stigma

Budhwani H and Hearld KR. 2017 online before print. “Muslim women’s experiences with stigma, abuse, and depression: results of a sample study conducted in the United States.” Journal of Women’s Health.

Budhwani H, Hearld KR, and Chavez-Yenter D. 2015. “Depression Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minorities: The Impact of Nativity and Discrimination.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2(1): 34-42.

Budhwani H, Hearld KR, and Chavez-Yenter D. 2015. “Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Racial and Ethnic Minorities: A Case of Nativity and Contextual Factors.” Journal of Affective Disorders, 175(1): 275-280