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Dr. Withers is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the Institute for Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Withers received her Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2009. She also earned her Master of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Health Systems Management Track. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Global Development.

Her current research focuses on global reproductive health and women’s empowerment, including human trafficking, HIV/AIDS prevention and family planning. Other research interests include community participatory research, cultural competency, qualitative methodology, border health and medical anthropology. She has spent several years living and working in developing countries in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to coming to USC, she taught at UCLA in the Department of Anthropology and other universities, including Cal State LA, Occidental College and UCSF. She also works as an independent qualitative health research consultant.

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