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Typhanye Vielka Dyer

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Typhanye Vielka Dyer is an epidemiologist and health disparities scholar whose research examines the influence of social, psychological and behavioral factors on STI and HIV risk in Black populations. Her work examines syndemics (intersecting psychosocial and structural barriers), including the impact of trauma, poor mental health and criminal justice involvement on STI/HIV outcomes for Black sexual and gender minorities, as well as Black women living with HIV in the DC Metro Area.

Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

HIV; Syndemics; Black MSM; Transwomen; Intersectional Stigma; Infectious Disease; Mental Health; Substance Use; Disparities

Typhanye Vielka Dyer is an epidemiologist and health disparities scholar whose research examines the influence of social, psychological and behavioral factors on STI and HIV-risk in Black populations. She has over 15 years of experience conducting research exploring HIV infection and health-related outcomes among Black underserved populations, including sexual minorities and women.

The majority of Dyer's work involves examining syndemics (intersecting psychosocial and structural barriers to care) among Black sexual and gender minority men and transwomen, including the impact of trauma, poor mental health and criminal justice involvement and STI/HIV for Black gay and bisexual men.

Her educational training is in infectious disease and social epidemiology, as well as community health, particularly focused on community-engaged research. Her work examines compound stigma and engagement in the HIV care continuum for older Black women living with HIV in Prince George’s County.

As the public health field moves toward biomedical interventions for prevention (PrEP and TaP), an understanding of the mechanisms that influence stigma and how those may impact engagement in the HIV care continuum is critical for developing and implementing interventions and effectively reducing HIV-related disparities, which Dyer seek to do in the DC Metro area.

In order to achieve this goal, she says there is a critical need for developing best practices at both the provider and community levels to improve engagement in care for people living with HIV. Dyer has a long-standing commitment to research racial and gender disparities in STI and HIV infection and engagement in care.

PhD, Public Health (Social Epidemiology Cognate), 2009

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

MPH, Community Health, 2002

California State University Long Beach

BA, Neuroscience, 1994

University of California Los Angeles

SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

EPIB630 Epidemiologic Methods in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

EPIB301 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice

EPIB788 Critical Readings

Doris Sands “Excellence in Teaching Award,” 2019

Turpin R, Dyer T, Dangerfield D, Liu H, Mayer K. Syndemic latent transition analysis in the HPTN 061 cohort: Prospective interactions between trauma, mental health, social support and substance. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Sep 1;214:10810. PMCID: PMC7423755.

Turpin R, Rosario A, Dyer T. Substance Use and Suicide Attempts among Adolescent Sexual Minority Males: A Comparison of Synthesized Substance Use Measures. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Sep 1;189(9):900-909. PMID: 32280963

Dyer T, Turpin R, Khan M, Stall R, Nelson L, Brewer R, Friedman M, Mimiaga M, Cook, R, O'Cleirigh C, Mayer, K. Latent profile analysis of a syndemic of vulnerability factors on incident STI in a Cohort of Black Men who have Sex with Men Only (BMSMO) and Black Men who have Sex with Men and Women (BMSMW) in the HPTN061 Study. Sex Transm Dis. 2020 Sep;47(9):571-579. PMCID: PMC7442627

Severe, M, Scheidell, J, Dyer, T, Brewer, R, Negri, A, Turpin, R, Young, K, Hucks-Ortiz, C, Cleland, C, Mayer, K. Lifetime Burden of Incarceration and Violence, Internalized Homophobia, and HIV/STI Risk among Urban Men Who Have Sex with Men in the HPTN 061 Study. AIDS and Beh. 2020 Aug 14. PMID: 32797357.

Feelemyer,J, MS; Dyer,T, Turpin, R, Rodman, Brewer, R, Hucks-Ortiz, C, van der Mei, W, Cleland, C, Mazumdar, M, Caniglia, E, Geller, A, Scheidell, J Feldman, J, Mayer, K. Longitudinal associations between the disruption of incarceration and community re-entry on substance use risk escalation among Black men who have sex with men: a causal analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020; 213 (1): 108-123. PMID: 32593152.

Turpin R, Rosario A, Dyer T. Barriers to Syphilis Testing among Men who have Sex with Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Sex Hlth. 2020; 17(3) 201-213. PMID: 32586417

Stennett, C., Dyer, T., He, X., Robinson, C., Ravel, J., Ghanem, K., Brotman, R. A cross-sectional study of birth mode and vaginal microbiota in reproductive- age women. PLoS One. 2020; 15(4): p.e 0228574. PMCID: PMC7112195.

Scheidell J, Dyer T, MacRegga S, #Tembunde Y, Young K, Khan M. Childhood Traumatic Experiences and Receptive Anal Intercourse among Women: Exploration of Mediating Pathways. Perspect Sex Reprod Health 2020; 52(1): 23-30. PMID: 32096340.

Phillips II, GL, Feinstein, B, Matthew Levy, M, Kuo, I, Nelson Glick, S, Fields, S, Dyer, T, Felt, D, Magnus, M (2020). Fluidity of Sexual and Gender Identity and Its Association with Internalized Homophobia among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the HPTN 061 BROTHERS Cohort. Arch Sex Behav. 2020; 1-13. PMID: 31897832

Turpin R, Slopen N, Boekeloo B, Dallal C, Chen S, Dyer T. Testing a Syndemic Index of Psychosocial and Structural Factors associated with HIV Testing among Black Men. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 31(1), 455-470. PMID: 32037342.