Victoria Frye

Victoria Frye

Victoria Frye

Assistant Professor of Clinical
Sociomedical Sciences


310 East 67th Street, Lab 1-5
New York NY USA 10065
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Victoria Frye, MPH, DrPH is nationally recognized expert on intimate partner femicide and a leader in the field of HIV prevention. As the Head of the Laboratory of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Center and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, Dr. Frye leads innovative research on the role of the neighborhood and community environment in intimate partner violence and HIV-related health outcomes. Dr. Frye's work combines epidemiological and social science theories and methods, breaking new ground in the study of the distribution, determinants and health consequences of health outcomes with significant social influences, such as violence and sexual HIV risk behaviors. Early in her career, she charted the epidemiology of homicide of women (femicide) in New York City, and was part of a national team of scientists that identified risk factors for intimate partner femicide among US women. More recently, Dr. Frye was one of the first public health researchers to write extensively on the role of the neighborhood environment in the health and well-being of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Dr. Frye is currently leading two federally-funded HIV prevention studies and is the lead evaluator of the Regional Sexual Violence Prevention Center for the New York City Alliance against Sexual Assault. The first study, funded by NIMH, develops and tests the impact of a community-level anti-HIV stigma and homophobia intervention on negative community attitudes towards LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS. The second study, funded by NIDA, assesses the impact of a brief behavioral intervention on uptake of consistent HIV self-testing among young, Black MSM. Her past work includes developing and testing one of the few CDC-funded HIV prevention interventions designed specifically for African American, heterosexual men and developing and conducting a NICHD-funded social epidemiological study of 1500 MSM in New York City, assessing the impact of the physical and social environment on health outcomes and behaviors. Dr. Frye was the recipient of a mentored career development award from NIDA in 2006. Dr. Frye's work has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, AIDS and Behavior, AIDS Care, Violence against Women, JAIDS, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Urban Health, where she serves as an Associate Editor.


BA, 1991, Columbia College, Columbia University
MPH, 1998, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
DrPH, 2004, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Select Publications

Frye, V., Blaney, S., Cerda, M., Paul, M., Ompad, D., Vlahov, D., and Galea, S. (2014) Neighborhood characteristics and intimate partner and sexual violence among a street-recruited sample of drug-involved New York City residents. Violence Against Women.
Frye, V., Egan, J.E., Tieu, H-V., Cerda, M., Ompad, D., and Koblin, B. (2014) “I didn't think I could get out of the fucking park.” Gay men's retrospective accounts of neighborhood space, emerging sexuality and migrations. Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 104, 6-14.
Frye, V., Henny, K., Bonner, S., Williams, K., Bond, K., Hoover, D., Lucy, D. Greene, E. and Koblin, B. (2013) “Straight Talk” for African American heterosexual men: Results of a single-arm behavioral intervention trial. AIDS Care. Vol. 25 No. 5. PMID: 23005899
Frye, V., Paul, M., Todd, M., and O’Campo, P. (2012) Informal social control of intimate partner violence against women: Results from a concept mapping study of urban neighborhoods. Journal of Community Psychology. Vol. 40 No. 7.
Frye, V., Galea, S., Tracy, M., Bucarelli, A., Putnam, S., and Wilt, S. (2008) The role of neighborhood environment and risk of femicide in a large urban area. UAmerican Journal of Public HealthU Vol. 98 No. 8 PMID: 18556618
Frye, V. Latka, M., Koblin, B., Halkitis, P., Putnam, S, Galea, S. and Vlahov, D. (2006) The urban environment and sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men Journal of Urban Health. Vol. 83. No. 2. PMID: 16736379
Frye, V., Hosein, V., Waltermaurer, Blaney, S. and Wilt, S. (2005). Femicide in New York City: 1990 - 1999. Homicide Studies Vol. 9, No. 3
Campbell, JC, Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M.A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y., Wilt, S., Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V., and Laughon, K. (2003) Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multi-site case control study. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 93, No. 7. PMID: 12835191
Frye, V. and Wilt, S. (2001) Femicide and social disorganization. Violence Against Women Vol. 7, No. 3.

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