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

C-PHSE Center Innovation Park

Dr. Budhwani (boo-wah-knee) is a Professor in the Florida State University (FSU) College of Nursing (CON), Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity (CPSHE). As a Medical Sociologist and an Implementation Scientist, 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, sexual minority men, transgender women, and minoritized racial and ethnic populations in the United States and abroad.


  • 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, FSU CON, Center of Population Sciences for Health Equity (C-PSHE) 


  • 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/NIMHD: A Multidimensional Digital Approach to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among African American Young Adults in the South
Role: Co-PI / mPI

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

R21MH124083/R21TW011761 (Budhwani, Turan, Paulino)   
NIH/Co-Funded by FIC and NIMH: Adapting the Finding Respect and Ending Stigma around HIV (FRESH) Intervention for the Dominican Republic
Role: Contact PI

R21HD103061 (Tita, Enah, and Budhwani)
NIH/Co-Funded by NICHD and FIC: Medical Information Service via Mobile Telephone (m-MIST™) Provider Support to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
Role: Co-PI / mPI

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


Full list of publications can be found on Budhwani, Henna- NCBI Bibliography