Arjee Restar

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Behavioral Science, Social Sciences, Brown University, 2020
MPH Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2016
BS Biology, Philosophy, Pace University, 2013
Post-doctoral fellowship Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University,




Arjee Restar (she/her) applies epidemiologic methods to behavioral, social, structural, and health services research and policy to address inequities in health outcomes and access, particularly as experienced by communities of transgender and nonbinary people in the US and Asia. She is expanding transgender health as a field by building research environments that produce high-quality evidence that speaks to the myriad of health priorities of transgender and nonbinary communities at-large, along with community stakeholders, scientists, scholars, and trainees who are also paving this field forward. This work includes advocating for institutional policies and practices that dismantle systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity.

Research Interests

Transgender and nonbinary health, health policy; social epidemiology; behavioral, social and structural determinants of health; substance use prevention and care; mental health promotion; HIV/STI prevention and care; behavioral economics; gender affirming care

Recent Publications (PubMed)

High Awareness But Low Uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in a Community Sample of Trans Masculine Adults in Massachusetts.
(2022 Jul)
AIDS Patient Care STDS 36(7): 249-253
Hughto JMW, Fernández Y, Restar A, Klasko-Foster LB, Deutsch MB, Peitzmeier S, Potter J, Mimiaga MJ, Reisner SL

Characterizing Problematic Drug Use Among Transgender Women and Cisgender Men During the Emerging HIV Crisis in the Philippines: Implications for Policy Research.
(2022 Apr)
AIDS Educ Prev 34(2): 116-130
Restar AJ, Quilantang MIN, Surace A, Ogunbajo A, Chan R, Adia A, Cu-Uvin S, Operario D

Evaluating Translation of HIV-Related Legal Protections Into Practice: A Qualitative Assessment Among HIV-Positive Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in Manila, Philippines.
Crit Public Health 31(5): 573-583
Adia AC, Lee CJ, Restar AJ, Obiakor BC, Quilantang MI, Underhill K, Nazareno J, Operario D

Characterizing Awareness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention in Manila and Cebu, Philippines: Web-Based Survey of Filipino Cisgender Men Who Have Sex With Men.
(2022 Jan 7)
J Med Internet Res 24(1): e24126
Restar A, Surace A, Adia A, Goedel W, Ogunbajo A, Jin H, Edeza A, Hernandez L, Cu-Uvin S, Operario D

Gender-Inclusive and Gender-Specific Approaches in Trans Health Research.
(2021 Oct)
Transgend Health 6(5): 235-239
Restar A, Jin H, Operario D

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