Joshua Mendelsohn


Assistant Professor

College of Health Professions
Pace University
New York,
United States

I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions at Pace University in New York City and a Module Organiser at LSHTM. I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. I received my PhD from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM, where I partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to evaluate HIV treatment outcomes among refugees and local host communities in Kenya and Malaysia. I am a member of the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group and an Associate Managing Editor for the journal Conflict & Health. Earlier in my career, I worked as a researcher for the Demos' Science Policy Team and as a consultant for Goss Gilroy on a variety of environmental and health sector projects. I also hold an MSc in Environmental Change and Management (University of Oxford) and a BSc (Honours) in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Toronto.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Distance Education and Professional Development Office


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I teach Healthcare for Diverse Populations, Healthcare Ethics and Healthcare Policy at Pace University. At LSHTM, I am the Module Organizer for Distance Learning Conflict and Health module. I also serve as a Tutor on the Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases module. Previously, I taught on in-house courses in Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health and Basic Epidemiology at LSHTM, and Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods at the School of Public Policy, University College London.


My research interests include HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy, HIV-serodiscordance, social epidemiology, mobile populations, and conflict-affected settings. I am currently involved in studies on the effectiveness of immediate antiretroviral therapy for reducing incident HIV infections in Shanghai, China, and socio-structural factors associated with HIV risk among serodiscordant couples in Canada. My work is supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Health outcomes
Infectious disease policy
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Mixed methods
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Sexually transmitted infection
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
North America
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Impact evaluation of a community-based intervention to reduce risky sexual behaviour among female sex workers in Shanghai, China.
Liu, J. ; Calzavara, L. ; Mendelsohn, J.B. ; O'Leary, A. ; Kang, L. ; Pan, Q. ; Myers, T. ; Ren, J. ; Cha, Y. ; Shi, G. ; Liu, X. ; Tian, X. ; Fan, H. ; Ni, Y. ; Remis, R.S. ;
BMC Public Health
A scoping review and thematic analysis of social and behavioural research among HIV-serodiscordant couples in high-income settings.
Mendelsohn, J.B. ; Calzavara, L. ; Daftary, A. ; Mitra, S. ; Pidutti, J. ; Allman, D. ; Bourne, A. ; Loutfy, M. ; Myers, T. ;
BMC Public Health
Design and implementation of a sexual health intervention for migrant construction workers situated in Shanghai, China.
Mendelsohn, J.B. ; Calzavara, L. ; Light, L. ; Burchell, A.N. ; Ren, J. ; Kang, L. ;
Emerg Themes Epidemiol
Is forced migration a barrier to treatment success? Similar HIV treatment outcomes among refugees and a surrounding host community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mendelsohn, J.B.; Schilperoord, M.; Spiegel, P.; Balasundaram, S.; Radhakrishnan, A.; Lee, C.K.; Larke, N.; Grant, A.D.; Sondorp, E.; Ross, D.A.;
AIDS Behav
Antiretroviral therapy for refugees and internally displaced persons: a call for equity.
Mendelsohn, J.B. ; Spiegel, P. ; Schilperoord, M. ; Cornier, N. ; Ross, D.A. ;
PLoS Med
Bounded agency in humanitarian settings: A qualitative study of adherence to antiretroviral therapy among refugees situated in Kenya and Malaysia.
Mendelsohn, J.B.; Rhodes, T.; Spiegel, P.; Schilperoord, M.; Burton, J.W.; Balasundaram, S.; Wong, C.; Ross, D.A.;
Soc Sci Med
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