Laurenia Mangum

Laurenia Mangum is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and is also earning her Master of Public Health in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health. Laurenia is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her Bachelors of Social Work (2009) and Masters of Social Work (2011), with a specialty in clinical practice. Laurenia earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Health with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS in the Rural South (2017) from the University of Florida. Laurenia is a licensed master's level social worker in the state of Virginia.

Laurenia's clinical experiences have centered on promoting optimal health outcomes for underserved minoritized populations in child welfare, maternal-child health, community health, and community development. Laurenia's research interests focus on sexual health inequities among Black women, including biomedical and behavioral HIV prevention interventions. She is also interested in the role of social networks for Black caregivers living with HIV. Laurenia’s dissertation work explores the impact of network structures and structural and social determinants on HIV care and outcomes among Black caregivers living with HIV. Her research has been supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Interventions to Enhance Community Health (CiTech), Society of Family Planning, and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).

Research Interests

  • Sexual/reproductive health inequities among Black women
  • Biomedical/behavioral HIV prevention interventions
  • Gender and racial disparities in HIV care continuum outcomes
  • Maternal well-being
  • Social networks

Selected Publications

Mangum, L., Craddock, J., & Whitfield, D. (2021). Associations in Preventive Sexual Health Service Utilization and PrEP Interest among Young Black Women in the United States, 2018. AIDSCare 33(4).

Craddock, J., Mangum, L., Aidoo-Frimpong, G., Whitfield, D.L. (2021). The Association of HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) interest and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Young Black Women. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 35(7), 263-270.

Mangum, L., & Craddock, J.B. (Forthcoming). All you have to do is say yes: correlates of condom use behaviors and sexual communication self-efficacy among young Black women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Mangum, L., Craddock, J., Eack, S., Vonville, H., & Copeland, VC. (Forthcoming). PrEP and Black Women: A Systematic Review of Characteristics, Facilitators, and Barriers to PrEP Uptake among cisgender Black women. AIDS and Behavior

Mangum, L., Newhill, CE, & Copeland, VC. (Forthcoming). HIV Self-Management among African American Single Mothers Living with HIV: A Black Feminist Perspective. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Selected Presentations

Mangum, L., Flores, A.T., Aquino-Adriatico, G., & Asher-Blackdeer, A. (November, 2021). Reimagining Cultural Consciousness: Enhancing Doctoral Education for Underrepresented Racially Diverse Students. Oral presentation at the CSWE 67th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Mangum, L., & Craddock, J. (October, 2021). Condom use behaviors and associations of sexual communication efficacy and condom discussions among young Black women in the United States. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association 2021Annual Meeting and Expo, Denver, CO.

Mangum, L., Craddock, J., Eack, S., Vonville, H., & Copeland, VC. (2021, January 20-22). Characteristics, Facilitators, and Barriers to PrEP uptake among HIV Negative African American Women: A socio-ecological perspective [Conference presentation]. SSWR 2021 Virtual Conference, United States.

Mangum, L., & Craddock, J. (October, 2020). A Tale of Two HIV Prevention Options: PrEP ring interest and PrEP pill interest among young Black women. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Expo.

Copeland, VC, & Mangum, L. (March, 2020) Outsider-Within: When Mentoring Graduate Students & Junior Faculty from Underrepresented Racial & Ethnic Groups. Oral presentation at the Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising: 2020 Mentoring and Advising Summit, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mangum, L. (May, 2019). Why aren't Black Women Retained in Care? A Black Feminist Perspective on HIV Self-Management among Black Single Mothers. Oral presentation at the National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, Washington, D.C.

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Emerging Scholar in Family Planning 2021
Society of Family Planning

Fellow, Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program 2021
Council on Social Work Education
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pre-Doctoral Fellow, CiTECH, 2021
School of Social Work/Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

FellowPeace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship, 2018
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Recipient, Go Beyond Maternal & Child Health, 2020

Graduate Student Scholarship        
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Johnson & Johnson Company

Awardee, William T. Green Jr. Award, 2020
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Social Media

Twitter: @C_Laurenia