The Interest Group in HIV and the Criminal Justice System is part of a larger group interested in the intersection of criminal justice and public health. The interest group works to:

  • Identify ways in which the criminal justice system in the U.S. fosters the spread of HIV infection within and outside of correctional facilities
  • Identify the greatest opportunities to leverage the criminal justice system in preventing HIV transmission (i.e., through detection and treatment of HIV and/or delivery of behavioral interventions during and after release)
  • Determine how incarceration affects the stability of relationships, partner risk behavior and vulnerability to HIV infection
  • Identify methods to ensure that the benefits of HIV care accrued during incarceration can be maintained after return to the community
  • Understand how to optimize management of HIV during incarceration
  • Foster collaboration and innovation among researchers to conduct studies related to the intersections of criminal justice populations and public health

Group Leadership

David Rosen, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Rosen is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the UNC School of Medicine. He has been involved in criminal justice health research for over 15 years.  His research includes broad assessments of disease prevalence and use of healthcare and mortality among criminal justice-involved populations. He has also conducted several studies examining the use of health services among HIV-infected prisoners and released prisoners. Dr. Rosen currently leads two NIH-funded studies among persons incarcerated in the state prison system; the projects seek to understand and improve engagement in HIV care during incarceration and enrollment in Medicaid at the time of release.

130 Mason Farm Road CB #7030
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-962-0752

Catherine Grodensky, M.P.H.


Ms. Grodensky is a project coordinator and research associate in the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, where she coordinates NIH-funded primary research projects focused on health among those involved in the criminal justice system in the US. She also spends part of her time coordinating multiple AHRQ-funded systematic reviews on prevention and treatment health topics with the RTI-UNC Evidence-Based Practice Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Since 2008, Ms. Grodensky has held multiple roles on research projects focused on the health of North Carolina prison inmates, particularly in the areas of HIV testing, antiretroviral medication adherence, linkage to HIV care post-release, and access to Medicaid coverage.

130 Mason Farm Road CB #7030
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-966-7759

Steve Bradley-Bull, M.A., M.Ed.

Steve Bradley-Bull, MA, MEd

Mr. Bradley-Bull has been involved in numerous research projects related to criminal justice health. His research interests include the intersection between the criminal justice system and health and has conducted counseling sessions and qualitative interviews with current and former prison inmates to explore and better understand HIV medication adherence, engagement and retention in HIV care during incarceration, Medicaid enrollment at time of release, and engagement in HIV care post-release. Mr. Bradley-Bull has expertise in developing health behavior interventions and is currently serving as a project manager at the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

130 Mason Farm Road CB #7030
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-812-9203