Susan S. Witte

Associate Professor of Social Work


Dr. Witte is the Associate Director of the CUSSW Social Intervention Group (SIG). Her practice experience includes direct practice, community organization, and administration work in the areas of HIV/AIDS and adult and child sexual violence.

Research Interests:

  • Design, testing and dissemination of HIV/STI prevention interventions aimed at women and their male partners
  • Infusion of multimedia technologies in research, teaching and practice
  • Design, testing and dissemination of services targeting the needs of sex workers and drug dependent fathers
  • Female-initiated STD/HIV barrier methods
  • Intervention research

Current Grants & Projects:

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles

Witte, S. S., Altantsetseg, B., Aira, T., Riedel, M., Chen, J. Potocnik, K., El-Bassel, N., Wu, E., Gilbert, L., Carlson, C. & Yao, H. (in press). Reducing sexual HIV/STI risk and harmful alcohol use among sex workers in Mongolia: A randomized clinical trial.  AIDS and Behavior. PMID: 21739290

Carlson, C., Witte, S. S., Aira, T., Chen, J. Altantsetseg, B., Riedel, M. (in press). Reducing violence against sex workers in Mongolia: Results from a clinical trial. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Wu, E., Witte, S. S., Chang, M., Hill, J., & Remien, R. (in press). Couple-based HIV prevention for low-income drug users from New York City: A randomized controlled trial to reduce dual risks. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. PMID: 21725249

El-Bassel, N., Jemmott, J. B., Wingood, G. M., Wyatt, G. E., Pequegnat, W., Landis, J. R., Bellamy, S. L., & NIMH Multisite HIV/STD Prevention Trial for African American Couples Group. (2011). National Institute of Mental Health Multisite Eban HIV/STD Prevention Intervention for African American HIV Serodiscordant Couples: A Cluster Randomized Trial. Archives of Internal Medicine. PMCID: 20625011

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Witte, S. S. & Wu, E. (2011). Intimate partner violence and HIV among drug-involved women: Contexts linking these two epidemics - challenges and implications for prevention and treatment. Substance Use and Misuse, 46, 295-306.

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Witte, S. S., Wu, E., Hunt, T., Remien, R. (2010). Couple-Based HIV Prevention in the United States: Advantages, Gaps, and Future Directions.  JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 55(Supplement 2), S98-S101. PMID: 21406997