Kathleen (Kate) MacQueen is a Senior Scientist in Global Health Research at FHI 360. She has conducted extensive research on the social, behavioral and ethical aspects of biomedical HIV prevention trials globally and domestically in the United States, including vaccines, microbicides, vaginal rings and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Community engagement and partnership-building is a key component of her work.
Domestically MacQueen has led participatory research projects focused on understanding and addressing HIV and other health disparities in Durham, North Carolina. She also has extensive collaborative international research experience, including in Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. She has worked with a diverse range of populations including gay/bisexual men, drug users, and African Americans to understand community perspectives on HIV vaccine trials; injection drug users in Bangkok to assess their willingness to participate in vaccine research; and women in diverse African settings to understand social, cultural and gender dynamics in their use of HIV prevention products.
MacQueen has a PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University, an MPH in health behavior from Emory University, and holds adjunct associate professorships at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Public Health. She is also the Developmental Core director for the UNC Center for AIDS Research, and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the International AIDS Society.