Position: Assistant Research Professor

Sara LeGrand is an Assistant Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research with a doctoral degree in Health Services Research. Dr. LeGrand has conducted health disparities research for nearly a decade. Her research has focused on HIV and substance abuse prevention interventions, mental health treatment for individuals living with HIV, substance abuse treatment for minority HIV-positive individuals and men who have sex with men at high risk for HIV infection, and peer driven interventions to improve access and retention in HIV care. She is particularly interested in the use of technology-based interventions to improve HIV prevention and care among underserved populations, including minority men who have sex with men, in both domestic and international settings.


  • PhD, Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 2010

Current Projects: CADRECHAMP, COPE, MOVE, Clergy Health Initiative, HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse Care Creation Project (HSACC), Youth Education and Prevention Network (SAMHSA), Let’s Talk (Partners In Caring)

Recent Publications:

LeGrand S, Muessig KE, McNulty T, Soni K, Knudtson K, Lemann A, Nkechinyere N, Hightow-Weidman LB (2016). Epic Allies: Development of a gaming app to improve antiretroviral therapy adherence among young HIV-positive men who have sex with men. JMIR Serious Games, 13;4(1):e6.

Baltierra NB, Muessig KE, Pike EC, LeGrand S, Bull SS, Hightow-Weidman, LB (2016). More than just tracking time: Complex measures of user engagement with an internet-based health promotion intervention. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 59, 299-307.

LeGrand S, Reif S, Sullivan K, Murray K, Barlow ML, Whetten K (2015). A review of recent literature on trauma among individuals living with HIV. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 12(4), 397-405

Hightow-Weidman LB, Muessig KE, Bauermeister J, Zhang C, LeGrand S (2015). Youth, technology, and HIV: Recent advances and future directions. Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 12(4), 500-515.

Hightow-Weidman LB, Muessig KE, Pike EC, LeGrand S, Baltierra N, Rucker AJ, Wilson PW (2015). HealthMpowerment.org: Building community through a mobile-optimized, online health promotion intervention. Health Education and Behavior, 42(4), 493-499.

Proeschold-Bell R, Eisenberg A, Adams C, Smith B, LeGrand S, Wilk A (2015). The glory of God is a human being fully alive: Predictors of positive versus negative mental health among clergy. Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(4), 702-721.

Reif S, Whetten K, Wilson E, McAllaster C, LeGrand S, Gong W, Well BW. HIV/AIDS in the southern United States: A disproportionate epidemic. In press, AIDS Care

Muessig KE, Baltierra NB, Pike EC, LeGrand S, Hightow-Weidman LB (2014). Achieving HIV risk reduction through HealthMpowerment.org, a user-driven eHealth intervention for young Black men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men. Digital Culture & Education [published online 07/14].

LeGrand S, Muessig KE, Pike EC, Baltierra N, Hightow-Weidman LB (2014). If you build it will they come? Addressing social isolation within a technology-based HIV intervention for young black men who have sex with men. AIDS Care, 26(9), 1194-1200.

Reif S, Proeschold-Bell RJ, Yao J, LeGrand S, Uehara A, Asiimwe E, Quinlivan EB (2013). Three types of self-efficacy associated with medication adherence in patients with co-occurring HIV and substance use disorders, but only when mood disorders are present. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2013 (6), 229-237.

Muessig KE, Pike E, Fowler B, LeGrand S, Parsons J, Bull S, Wilson P, Wohl D, Hightow-Weidman LB (2013). Putting prevention in their pockets: Developing HIV mobile phone interventions and applications for Black men who have sex with men. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 27(4), 211-222.

Muessig KE, Pike E, LeGrand S, Hightow-Weidman LB (2013). A review of mobile phone applications for the care and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(1).

LeGrand S, Proeschold-Bell RJ, James J, Wallace A (2013). Healthy Leaders: Multilevel health promotion considerations for diverse United Methodist Church pastors. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(3), 303-321.

Hightow-Weidman LB, G Phillips, AY Outlaw, AR Wohl, S Fields, J Hildago, S LeGrand (2013). “Patterns of HIV disclosure and condom use among HIV-infected young racial/ethnic minority men who have sex with men.” AIDS and Behavior, 17(1), 360-368.

Reif SS, Pence BW, LeGrand S, Wilson ES, Swartz M, Ellington T, Whetten K (2012). “In-home mental health treatment for individuals with HIV.” AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 26(11), 655-661.

Proeschold-Bell RJ, LeGrand S (2012). Physical health functioning among United Methodist clergy. Journal of Religion and Health, 51(3), 734-742.

Proeschold-Bell RJ, LeGrand S, Wallace A, James J, Moore H, Swift R, Toole D (2012). Tailoring health programming to clergy: Findings from a study of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 40(3), 246-261.

Wallace A, Proeschold-Bell RJ, LeGrand S, James J, Swift R, Toole D, Toth M (2012). Health programming for clergy: An overview of Protestant programs. Pastoral Psychology, 61(1).

Proeschold-Bell RJ, LeGrand S, James J, Wallace A, Adams C, Toole D (2011). A theoretical model of the holistic health of United Methodist clergy. Journal of Religion and Health, 50(3), 700-720.

Proeschold-Bell RJ, LeGrand S (2010). High rates of obesity and chronic disease among United Methodist clergy. Obesity, 18(9), 1867-1870.

Cornelius JB, LeGrand S, Jemmott LS (2009). African American grandfamilies’ attitudes and feelings about sexual communication: Focus group results. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 20(2), 133-140.

Cornelius JB, Moneyham L, LeGrand S (2008). Adaptation of an HIV prevention curriculum for use with older African American women. Journal of the Assocation of Nurses in AIDS Care, 19(1), 16-27.

Cornelius JB, LeGrand S (2008). African American grandparents’ and adolescent grandchildren’s sexuality communication. Journal of Family Nursing, 14(3), 333-346.

CV: Sara LeGrand CV


  • Email: sara.legrand@duke.edu
  • Phone: (919) 438-0448
  • Fax: (919)613.5466
  • Campus Mail: Box 90392
  • Mail: 310 Trent Dr., Suite 305, Durham, NC 27710