Dr. El-Bassel, now a university professor, is a leading figure in intervention science for the prevention and treatment of HIV / AIDS and is known for her work that explicitly targets couples and enables them to practice safe sex, reduce HIV and conflict without violence.
Dr. El-Bassel is Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work. She is the director of the Social Intervention Group, founded in 1990 as a multidisciplinary center focused on developing and testing prevention and intervention approaches for HIV, drug use and gender-based violence and delivering them to local, national and global communities. Her work has received extensive funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has a significant national and international leadership role in the global HIV and health agenda.
She is also the director of Columbia University's Global Health Research Center of Central Asia, a team of faculties, scientists, researchers and students in New York and Central Asia dedicated to advancing solutions to health and social problems in Central Asia through research, education, Education, Politics and Dissemination.
In addition, Dr. El-Bassel has developed and tested a range of multi-tiered intervention and prevention models for HIV and drug use for women, men and couples, including drug treatment and harm reduction programs, primary care and criminal justice. She studies the overlapping epidemics of HIV and violence against women and has developed HIV interventions that address these coexisting problems with significant scientific contributions to gender-based HIV prevention for women.
Dr. El-Bassel has published extensively on the science of HIV behavior prevention and the coexisting problems of HIV, gender-based violence, and drug use. She has mentored HIV research scientists from Central Asia and was funded by the National Institute of Health to train underrepresented faculties and researchers in the science of HIV intervention and prevention.
Dr. El-Bassel holds a BSW from Tel Aviv University and an MSW from the Hebrew University School of Social Work (Israel).