Judith Bradford, Ph.D
Director, IWH Community Based Research
Address: P.O. Box 980319
Office: 1200 E Clay Street, Suite 1001
Phone: (804) 827-1885
Fax: (804) 827-0957
Dr. Bradford joined the VCU faculty in 1986 as Senior Research Associate and Director of Health and Social Policy Research in the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory (SERL) and served as SERL Director from 1994 - 2005. She is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health in the VCU School of Medicine (Public Health).
Dr. Bradford is a specialist in community research with disadvantaged populations, applying her knowledge of research methods with hard-to-reach populations and her commitment to ensuring that scientific results are used appropriately and promptly in practice. She has worked at the national level for more than 20 years to improve the methodological soundness of sexual and gender minority research, as a research scientist and consultant to Federal and state agencies. Since 1997, she has worked as a consultant with Fenway Community Health in Boston to train staff in social science and behavioral research methods and to expand its research program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) research. She has a particular interest in translational research and recently developed an intervention based on patient navigation that proved efficacious in a 3-year demonstration study.
As PI or Evaluation Director, Dr. Bradford provides leadership on multiple studies funded by CDC, SAMHSA, and HRSA, in the areas of HIV/AIDS, maternal child health, and substance abuse. Recent research achievements have been establishing the CDC’s National HIV Behavioral Surveillance program, as Virginia PI; completing the 3-year Virginia Transgender Research Study with VDH and a statewide advisory committee; and with The Fenway Institute (TFI), completing the HRSA-funded 5-year Special Project of National Significance to improve engagement and retention in HIV care. She has successfully initiated the Community Health Research Initiative at VCU, created a community process and foundation for transgender research at TFI, and developed a Community Engaged Research section within the VCU Institute for Women’s Health.