Dr. Judith Auerbach is a public sociologist, independent science and policy consultant, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She previously served as Vice President, Research & Evaluation at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Vice President, Public Policy and Program Development, at amfAR, Director of the Behavioral and Social Science Program and HIV Prevention Science Coordinator in the Office of AIDS Research at the NIH, Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Auerbach received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught, presented, and published widely in the areas of HIV/AIDS, social science, public policy, and sex and gender. Her work has appeared in such journals as Health Affairs, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Science, Global Public Health, JAIDS, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Auerbach has served on numerous professional and advisory groups, including the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC), Institute of Medicine Committee on the Outcome and Impact Evaluation of PEPFAR, American Sociological Association Council, the Global HIV Prevention Working Group, and the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. In 2012, she was elected to the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. Dr. Auerbach has received numerous awards including the 2004 Feminist Activist Award from Sociologists for Women in Society, the 2006 Research in Action Award from the Treatment Action Group (TAG), the 2008 Career Award from the Sociologists AIDS Network, and the 2010 Thomas M. Kelly Leadership Award from Project Inform.
Dr. Auerbach’s research interests focus on the social organization of scientific knowledge, specifically, the role and standing of social research in the HIV/AIDS response; social determinants of health and wellbeing; and the relationship between science, program, and policy.