• Assistant Professor

    Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health

    Boston University


    Affiliate Faculty

    Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, School of Public Health

    Yale University


    Domestic Scholar

    HIV Prevention Trials Network

    As a behavioral research scientist, Dr. Abrams' work is conducted with the goal of utilizing culture as an avenue to better understand and reduce health disparities among women of African ancestry via health promotion. As the Director of the Global Community Health Promotion Network, Dr. Abrams conducts domestic and international research in collaboration with community based organizations.


    Importantly, Dr. Abrams is fiercely dedicated to sexual health promotion among women of African ancestry. She has been involved in a host of culturally relevant research and programmatic efforts related to chronic disease prevention, namely prevention of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Abrams also has expertise in translational community-based and engaged research, prevention science, quantitative and qualitative research, and intervention program development, adaptation, and evaluation. She has managed large-scale grant funded projects and secured university and federal funding to support HIV prevention research and programming with women of African ancestry, including funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health to investigate the role of sexual satisfaction in sexual risk behaviors with the ultimate goal of developing a novel pleasure focused HIV prevention intervention. She has also received funding to investigate women's recommendations for sexual health programming and to execute HIV prevention programming for Black women and girls.


    Dr. Abrams is also founder of the Thrive Institute for Professional Development and SpiceXperience and co-founder of Research Unlimited.

  • Entrepreneurial Ventures

    Professional Development Services

    At the Thrive Institute for Professional Development, the mission is to offer transformative educational and training experiences for early career researchers focused on self-awareness, leadership, professional community building, and skills that support goal achievement, context shifting impact, and well-being.

    Research Assistance Agency

    Dr. Abrams co-founded Research Unlimited, a full service research assistance agency that specializes in participant recruitment and retention for research studies. The company also provides assistance with community engagement, study design, grant writing, and program evaluation.

    Premium Erotic Education

    SpiceXperience, specializes in promotion of sexual health and pleasure for women via education and skill building. Through workshops and private events, clients are trained in topics of interest.

    Webdesign Service

    Tuzo Designs, specializes in creating websites for university faculty members. Tuzo focuses on creating effective designs that helps clients communitcate their expertise to the world.