Henna Budhwani

Research Areas
Implementation Science, Stigma Reduction, HIV Prevention, Mental Health, Innovative Clinical and Pragmatic Trials, Community Engaged Action-Oriented Research, Health Equity, Global Development, mHealth and Digital Health
Henna, Budhwani

Contact Information

Duxbury Hall

Dr. Budhwani is a Professor in the Florida State University (FSU) College of Nursing (CON). As an Implementation Scientist and sociobehavioral interventionist, Dr. Budhwani conducts studies to address the causes and consequences of disparities among stigmatized populations that experience adverse health outcomes in resource-constrained settings. Dr. Budhwani's research is informed by sociological constructs, guided by human rights frameworks, and adopts a multidimensional view of how to address public health and clinical care inequities. She has methodological expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research, mHealth and digital health interventions, and pragmatic clinical trial design. As a community-engaged health equity scholar, she has conducted studies with a range of underserved populations, such as adolescents and emerging adults, pregnant women, sexual minority men, transgender women, and minoritized racial and ethnic populations in the United States and abroad across Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa.


PHD, Medical Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

MPH, Policy and Organization, University of Alabama at Birmingham

MA, Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

BS, Northern Illinois University, Biology/Psychology


  • Professor, College of Nursing, Florida State University
  • Courtesy Appointment, Center for Translational Behavioral Science, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, College of Medicine, Florida State University
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity, College of Nursing, Florida State University
  • Faculty Associate, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Florida State University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Organization, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Co-Recipient of the International Robert Carr Research Awards. AIDS 2020, 2020
  • Smart Party Honoree. The Women's Fund of Alabama, 2017
  • Vulcan Award Recipient. City of Birmingham, 2016
  • Top 40 under 40 Awardee. Birmingham Business Journal, 2016
  • Inductee. Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 2008
  • Inductee. Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honor Society, 2005


R01MD016834 (Hightow-Weidman and Budhwani)
NIH: A Multidimensional Digital Approach to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among African American Young Adults in the South
Role: PI / mPI

R21MH124083/R21TW011761 (Budhwani, Turan, Paulino)
NIH: Adapting the Finding Respect and Ending Stigma around HIV (FRESH) Intervention for the Dominican Republic
Role: PI / mPI

R33HD103061 (Tita, Enah, and Budhwani)
NIH: Medical Information Service via Mobile Telephone (m-MIST™) Provider Support to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
Role: PI / mPI

U01PS005236 (Hightow-Weidman)
CDC: Promoting PrEP Adherence for MSM of Color: More Options, Less Barriers
Role: Co-Investigator     

R01HD110097 (Elopre and Matthews)                
NIH: CAMELLIA Cohort: A longitudinal study to understand sexual health and prevention among women in Alabama
Role: Co-Investigator

K01MH116737 (Budhwani)
NIH: Adapting and Pilot Testing a Behavioral Intervention to Incorporate Advances in HIV Prevention for Black Young MSM in Alabama
Role: PI / mPI

22HERNPMI985239 (Sinkey and Carlo)
American Heart Association: P3 Providing an Optimized and emPowered Pregnancy for You (POPPY)
Role: Co-Investigator


T71MC24209-11-00 (Simpson)
HRSA: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH)
Role: Co-Investigator / Director of Research

D43TW012274 (Charurat, Turan, Mandalakas, Nimgaonkar)
NIH/FIC: Integrated Networks of Scholars in Global Health Research Training (INSIGHT)
Role: Co-Investigator / Steering Committee United States Lead for Key Populations

22HERNCMI980273 (Tita)
American Heart Association: P3 Enhancing Access and Quality to Achieve Equitable Maternal and Infant Health (EQUATE) Network Training Core
Role: Co-Investigator


Full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar