Culture and Health
Given the import of culture to health behavior, Dr. Abrams' research focuses on understanding cultural beliefs and practices that influence health related decision-making and outcomes. She initiates and collaborates on studies to highlight the salience of intersectional identities and illuminate the influence of such factors on health.
Sexual Health Promotion
As culture also influences sexual health, Dr. Abrams' work in this area has focused on understanding the influence of culture on women’s sexual risk behaviors and using this information to promote sexual health by developing and adapting culturally relevant programming for this women - especially among women of African ancestry.
Dr. Abrams' science extends globally to include quantitative research in Ghana, community based and engaged research in South Africa and Brazil, and ongoing projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As an international researcher, she collaborates with community members and scientists on studies examining health service utilization, culturally relevant health beliefs, and intervention implementation.