Dr. Michelle Teti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri. She is the director of the Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health Program, and a Program Affiliate in the Black Studies Program.
Dr. Michelle Teti’s educational accomplishments include a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Doctorate in Community Health and Prevention (DrPH) from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has also completed Visiting Professorships at the Center for AIDS Prevention at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2010-12 and 2015.
Dr. Teti has more than 15 years of experience conducting HIV and sexual health research with people living with and at risk for HIV. The premise of her work is that sick and disenfranchised people matter and know best what is needed to solve their complex health problems. She focuses on inquiries of how health disparities and social vulnerabilities (poverty, racism, stigma, homophobia, sexism, etc.) affect individuals’ sexual and overall health decisions. She has been a lead and collaborating investigator on multiple HIV research projects and projects with vulnerable populations affected by health disparities, funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Department of Defense, The Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the Boone County Health Department, among others.
She is an expert in participatory research and in using qualitative and visual patient-driven methods to allow the experiences of people with HIV and other stigmatized illness to inform innovative public health questions and solutions. Her ultimate goal is to honor the PUBLIC in public health and for the products of her research to shape the development of effective, patient-centered, health programs and policies that lessen the burden of health disparities among vulnerable communities. Dr. Teti’s work has been disseminated in over 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous national and international conferences.