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. I hold an MSc in Environmental Change and Management (University of Oxford) and a BSc (Honours) in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Toronto.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Distance Education and Professional Development Office
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


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. I teach courses in Health Care for Diverse Populations and Global Health IT and Innovation at Pace University. 


My research interests include HIV treatment and prevention, social epidemiology, and population mobility, especially in conflict-affected settings. I am currently involved in studies on the effectiveness of immediate antiretroviral therapy for reducing incident HIV infections in Shanghai, China; an innovative HIV stigma-reduction intervention in northern Uganda; HIV risk and relationship satisfaction among serodiscordant couples in Canada. My work is supported primarily 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

Key gaps in the HIV cascade of care among men who have sex with men and migrants diagnosed with HIV: findings from a surveillance study in Shanghai
Mendelsohn JB; Cheng H; Calzavara L; Wang S; Bullock S; Mishra S; Burchell A; Loutfy M; Li A; Hogg R
Low levels of viral suppression among refugees and host nationals accessing antiretroviral therapy in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Mendelsohn JB; Spiegel P; Grant A; Doraiswamy S; Schilperoord M; Larke N; Burton JW; Okonji JA; Zeh C; Muhindo B
Conflict and health
Impact evaluation of a community-based intervention to reduce risky sexual behaviour among female sex workers in Shanghai, China.
Liu J; Calzavara L; Mendelsohn JB; O'Leary A; Kang L; Pan Q; Myers T; Ren J; Cha Y; Shi G
BMC public health
A scoping review and thematic analysis of social and behavioural research among HIV-serodiscordant couples in high-income settings.
Mendelsohn JB; Calzavara L; Daftary A; Mitra S; Pidutti J; Allman D; Bourne A; Loutfy M; Myers T
BMC public health
Bounded agency in humanitarian settings: a qualitative study of adherence to antiretroviral therapy among refugees situated in Kenya and Malaysia.
Mendelsohn JB; Rhodes T; Spiegel P; Schilperoord M; Burton JW; Balasundaram S; Wong C; Ross DA
Social science & medicine (1982)
Antiretroviral therapy for refugees and internally displaced persons: a call for equity.
Mendelsohn JB; Spiegel P; Schilperoord M; Cornier N; Ross DA
PLoS medicine
Is forced migration a barrier to treatment success? Similar HIV treatment outcomes among refugees and a surrounding host community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mendelsohn JB; Schilperoord M; Spiegel P; Balasundaram S; Radhakrishnan A; Lee CKC; Larke N; Grant AD; Sondorp E; Ross DA
AIDS and behavior
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