Victoria Frye

Associate Medical Professor

Main Affiliation

CUNY School of Medicine


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Victoria Fry

Victoria Frye


Victoria Frye is an Associate Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) where she heads the Laboratory of Urban Community Health (LUCH). Prior to joining CSOM, she led the Laboratory of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the New York Blood Center and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She received her BA (History), MPH (Epidemiology) and DrPH (Sociomedical Sciences) from Columbia University. Broadly, her research characterizes how systems of social stratification intersect to produce health outcomes among marginalized social groups, including gay, bisexual and other cisgender men who have sex with men, cisgender and transgender women, and people of color. Her research combines epidemiological and social science theories to identify multi-level determinants of HIV and violence risk and preventive behaviors, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. She applies the results to design multi-component prevention interventions, testing them using experimental and quasi-experimental study designs.

Dr. Frye is currently the Principal Investigator of two HIV prevention studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The first, “PEPTALK” (R21 AI-122996) designs and tests a media campaign and brief behavioral intervention to increase awareness of and care engagement in post-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection, among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). In the second, “TRUST” (R01 DA-038108), she is partnering with Dr. Leo Wilton of Binghamton University to conduct a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) to test the impact of a peer-based behavioral intervention to increase consistent HIV self-testing among African-American or Black MSM and transgender women. In 2016, with Gay Men of African Descent, Dr. Frye completed “CHHANGE” (Challenge HIV Stigma and Homophobia and Gain Empowerment; R21 MH-102182-01), which tested a community-level HIV stigma and homophobia prevention intervention. She is currently a Co-investigator on a longitudinal study (R01 MH110176-01) to identify neighborhood and network influences on HIV care engagement among urban MSM living with HIV. Most recently, she, along with colleagues in France, received a Thomas Jefferson Fund award to explore challenges in implementing HIV prevention among migrants in the Paris region of France.

Dr. Frye also studies intimate partner and sexual violence prevention; here, she is funded by the Department of Justice to conduct qualitative research on urban commuter campus college student perceptions of sexual violence prevention with campus-based practitioner partners. Her previous research, funded by a Career Development Award (K01 DA-020774), identified urban environmental factors associated with sexual violence and bystander intervention behaviors to prevent partner violence among urban and drug-involved populations. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Frye mapped the epidemiology of femicide in New York City, alongside colleagues at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She was also part of a national team of scientists who conducted a case-control study of risk factors for intimate partner femicide. These results have been cited in case law and legal precedent, which prevent convicted batterers from owning or possessing in handguns throughout the United States.

Dr. Frye is the author of over 80 publications, published in JAMAAmerican Journal of Public HealthSocial Science and MedicineJAIDSAIDS & BehaviorViolence against WomenJournal of Interpersonal ViolencePLOS ONEHealth & Place and the Journal of Urban Health, where she served as Associate Editor from 2008 to 2019. She has reviewed proposals in over a dozen scientific review groups for the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Frye has taught a range of graduate-level public health courses, since 1998, including Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health, Social Epidemiology, Violence as a Public Health Issue, and Biostatistics. She is currently the course director of a large undergraduate population health course and has served on numerous MPH thesis and doctoral dissertation committees. In 2018, she was elected to the City College Faculty Senate and serves on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Frye is Co-chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the CDC, to which she was appointed in 2016 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Obama. She lives in Washington Heights and is an elected parent member of the District Six Community Education Council, serving Washington Heights and Inwood, where her two children attend public schools. 



Dr.P.H., 2004, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

M.P.H., 1998, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

B.A., 1991, Columbia College, Columbia University


Intimate partner and sexual violence against women

HIV prevention

Neighborhood effects on health


Diaz, J.E., Schrimshaw, E.W., Nandi, V., Koblin, B. and Frye, V. (in press) Acculturation as a moderator of HIV risk behavior correlates among Latino gay/bisexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Delle Donne, M., DeLaCruz, K., Khan, K., Diaz, W., Salcedo, J., English, S., Banyard, V., Stephenson, R. Haviland, M. and Frye, V., (in press) Urban commuter campus students’ perspectives on sexual violence: Implications for response and prevention. Journal of Urban Health.

Frye, V. Paige, M., Gordon, S., Matthews, D., Musgrave, G., Greene, E., Kornegay, M., Farhat, D., Smith, P., Usher, D., Phelan, J., Koblin, B. and Taylor-Akutagawa, V. (2019) Impact of a Community-level Intervention on HIV Stigma, Homophobia and HIV Testing in New York City: Results from Project CHHANGE. Stigma & Health.

Bond, K., Frye, V., Cupid, M., Lucy, D., Koblin, B. (2018) HIV-Related Communication and Safe Sex Practices among Heterosexual Black Men: A Qualitative Report. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. Vol. 4. No. 3 pp 1-23*

Tieu,H-V., Laeyendecker, O., Nandi, V., Rose, R., Fernandez, R., Lynch, B., Hoover, D.R., Frye, V., Koblin, B.A. and the NYC M2M Study Team. (2018) Prevalence and Mapping of Hepatitis C Infections among Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City​. Plos ONE

Koblin, B., Usher, D., Nandi, V., Bravo, E., London, M., Lucy, D., Tieu, H-V., Frye, V. (2018) PEP awareness, knowledge, access and use among three populations in New York City, 2016-2017. AIDS and Behavior

Tieu, H.V., Koblin, B.A., Latkin, C., Greene, E., Rundle, A., Currio, F.  Frye, V., (2018) Neighborhood and network characteristics and the HIV care continuum: A conceptual model. Journal of Urban Health.*

Wilton, L., Chiasson, M. A., Nandi, N., Lelutiu-Weinberger, C., Frye, V., Hirshfield, S., Hoover, D. R., Downing, Jr., M.  J., Lucy, D., Usher, D., & Koblin, B. (2018). Characteristics and correlates of lifetime suicidal thoughts and attempts among young Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. Journal of Black Psychology.

Frye, V., Duffy, L., France, J., Kessler, D., Rebosa, M., Shaz, B., Carlson, B.and France, C. (2018) Developing a Facebook-based relatedness intervention to increase repeat donation among young, first-time blood donors. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Public Health and Surveillance.

Frye, V., Wilton, L., Hirshfield, S., Chiasson, M.A., Usher, D., Lucy, D., McCrossin, J., Greene, E., and Koblin, B. for the All About Me Study Team. (2018) Preferences for HIV test characteristics among young, Black MSM and transgender women in an era of new test options. Plos ONE.*

Koblin, B., Nandi, V., Hirshfield, S., Chiasson, MA., Hoover, DR., Wilton, L., Usher, D., Frye, V. (2018) Intervention to match young Black Men and transwomen who have sex with men or transwomen to HIV testing options (All About Me): Protocol for Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Clinical Trials protocols.

Glenn, L., Fidler, L., O’Connor, M., Fry, D., Paz, M., Pollack, T., St. John, C. Haviland, M. and Frye, V. (2017) Project Envision: A retrospective qualitative evaluation of a community mobilization project to engage in primary prevention of sexual violence in New York City. Evaluation and Program Planning.*

Delle Donna, M., DeLuca, J., Pleskach, P., Bromson, C., Mosely, M. Perez, E., Matthews, S., Stephenson, R. and Frye, V. (2017) Barriers to and facilitators of help seeking behavior among men who experience sexual violence.  American Journal of Men’s Health.*

Koblin, B., Nandi, V., Hirshfield, S., Chiasson, MA., Hoover, DR., Wilton, L., Usher, D., Frye, V. (2017) Informing the Development of a Mobile Phone HIV Testing Intervention: Intentions to Use Specific HIV Testing Approaches among Young Black Men who have sex with Men and Transgender Women. Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health and Surveillance.

Frye, V. Paige, M., Gordon, S., Matthews, D., Musgrave, G., Kornegay, M., Greene, E., Phelan, J., Koblin, B. and Taylor-Akutagawa, V., (2017) Project CHHANGE: Formative research and program design of a community-level HIV stigma and homophobia prevention program.  Evaluation and Program Planning.* Vol. 63. 45-63.

Cerdá, M., Frye, V., Nandi, V., Rundle A., Quinn J.W., Sheehan D., Hoover D.R., Ompad D.C., Van Tieu H., Greene E., Koblin B. (epub April 2017) Neighborhood determinants of mood and anxiety disorders among men who have sex with men in New York City. Social Psychiatry and Social Epidemiology.*

France, C.R., France, J.L., Carlson, B.W., Frye,V., Duffy, L., Kessler, D.A., Rebosa, M., and Shaz, B.H. (epub 12/20/16; 2017) Applying self-determination theory to the blood donation context: Blood donor competence, autonomy, and relatedness enhancement (Blood Donor CARE). Contemporary Clinical Trials. Vol. 53; 44-51

Frye, V. Nandi, V., Egan, J.E., Cerdá, M., Rundle, A., Quinn, J., Sheehan, D., Ompad, D., Tieu, H-V., Greene, E., and Koblin, B. (epub 11/08/16; 2017) Associations among neighborhood characteristics and sexual risk behavior among Black and White MSM living in a major urban area. AIDS and Behavior.* Volume 21; 3: 870–890

Koblin, B., Egan, J.E., Nandi, V., Sang, J.M., Cerdá, M., Tieu, H-V., Ompad, D.C., Hoover, D.R., Frye, V. (epub

09/19/16; 2017) Congruence of home, social and sex neighborhoods among men who have sex with men, NYCM2M Study. Journal of Urban Health.

Farhat, D., Paige, M., Greene, E., Koblin, B., and Frye, V. (epub 2016; 2017) Knowledge, Stereotyped Beliefs and Attitudes around HIV Chemoprophylaxis in Two High HIV Prevalence Neighborhoods in New York City. AIDS and Behavior.* Vol 21; 5: 1247-1255.

Wee, S., Todd, M., Oshiro, M., Greene, E., and Frye, V. (2016) Modifiers of Neighbors' Bystander Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence: A Concept Mapping Study.  Violence and Gender.* Vol. 3; No. 1: 55-63

Tieu, H.V., Nandi, V., Hoover, D., Lucy, D., Stewart, K., Frye, V., Cerdá, M., Ompad, D., Latkin, C., Koblin, B.A. (2016) Do sexual networks of men who have sex with men in New York City differ by race/ethnicity? AIDS Patient Care and STDs. Vol. 30. No. 1 39-47

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