Dr. Samuella (Sam) Ware
My identity as a Black woman informs my research agenda focused on addressing the profound sexual health disparities among Black men and women.
A Little About Me
I’m a sexual health researcher from the Philadelphia area, dedicating my life to exploring and researching the social-structural factors underlying sexual health disparities. I have received several awards and grants for my research, with projects and publications that you can learn more about below.
My research centers the examination of social-structural factors' role in HIV related sexual health disparities, including: racial inequalities, cultural norms and values, neighborhood context, and incarceration. My theoretically-grounded and practice-informed research fills an important gap by expanding our understanding of how social-structural factors affect Black men and women and informing health promotion strategies.
My initial understanding of the role of social-structural issues was developed through my work as an HIV Case Manager where I led a support group for African and Caribbean immigrants living with HIV and family members who struggled to understand HIV prevention because of cultural differences. As a doctoral student, I worked with interdisciplinary research teams to examine social-structural factors such as incarceration and cultural norms that contribute to sexual health disparities for vulnerable populations.
As an HIV case manager and sexual health educator, I facilitate evidence-based sexual health interventions such as Healthy Love and Be Proud! Be Responsible! and understand the importance of gendered interventions. To help expand our sexual health intervention toolkit, I worked to adapt, implement, and evaluate a sexual health intervention originally tailored for Black women for young Black men.
I use a gender-informed lens to examine how norms influence both risk and protective behaviors among heterosexual Black college men. I have analyzed data related to how norms and sexual scripts around sexuality that influence motives for condom use among young heterosexual Black men. I have also examined how campus environments affect the selection of partners, condom use, and HIV/STI testing behaviors.