Research & Biography


Alida Bouris is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her research focuses on the relationship between social context and adolescent health, with a particular emphasis on understanding how parents and families can help prevent HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies among marginalized youth aged 10-24 years old. The overall goal of Dr. Bouris's research agenda is to develop effective interventions that capitalize on the strengths of families and other supportive persons in the lives of young people. Within this area, she focuses on (1) heterosexual Latino and African American youth, who are disproportionately affected by STIs and unplanned pregnancies, and (2) Latino and African American youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), with a special emphasis on young cisgender men and transgender women, who carry the highest global burdens of HIV. In addition, she studies the social-contextual factors associated with poor mental health among LGBTQ youth of color, and how structural inequalities and co-occurring psychosocial problems are linked to health.

At SSA, Professor Bouris teaches courses on social work practice, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and queer theory. In 2013, she was the recipient of the William Pollak Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, she received the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring.

Professor Bouris has published extensively in the field of adolescent health and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Ford Foundation. Her current research projects are examining the role of families in supporting the health of younger gay and bisexual men and transgender women at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS, digital media and storytelling interventions, and the development and implementation of social support interventions to improve outcomes along the HIV Continuum of Care for young cisgender MSM and transgender women of color. 

Professor Bouris is Co-Director of the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE) and of the Behavioral, Social, and Implementation Sciences Core of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research. She also is a faculty affiliate of the University of Chicago’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and Center for Human Potential and Public Policy.


Prior to joining SSA, Professor Bouris was a post-doctoral research scientist at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She also served as a social worker on a number of family-based research projects working with parents and adolescents in New York, NY. As part of this work, she provided clinical, psychosocial, and intervention services to parents on how to help their adolescent children avoid unintended pregnancies, STIs, and HIV. 

Professor Bouris received a PhD, MPhil, and MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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