- Blacks or African Americans, children & adolescents, community health, community-engaged research & practice, cultural competency, discrimination & bias, disparities, dissemination & implementation research, health behavior, HIV & AIDS, infectious disease, intervention research, justice, maternal and child health, mixed-method study, poverty, qualitative methods, racial & ethnic minorities, reproductive & sexual health, technology
Dr. Howell’s research focuses on examining and understanding social and cultural determinants of sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and women. This includes socio-behavioral interventions using mixed-methods to examine the use of interactive video game and life simulation technology to encourage HIV treatment adherence and routinized HIV testing among adolescents living with and affected by HIV.
Dr. Howell is particularly interested in the development of mHealth technology as an innovative approach to promoting sexuality health education for youth. Her emerging research also seeks to address maternal health disparities, specifically the disproportionality of maternal-related morbidity and mortality experienced by Black women living in the U.S.