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Ali R. Walsh, Ph.D., MFA, MPH

Ali Walsh

Assistant Research Scientist
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 3351 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-8252


  • Health disparities
  • Social epidemiology
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Healthcare interactions/communication
  • Data reliability & survey methods

Dr. Walsh is a social epidemiologist and health equity researcher. Broadly, her research investigates the social and structural factors that perpetuate health disparities and shape health behavior, vulnerability, and outcomes in marginalized populations. She is also interested in survey methods, data reliability, and methods for social network analysis in public health.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • Talking about Experiences & Risk with Midwives (The TERM Study), The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (U-M), Faculty Seed Grant, Role: Co-PI.
  • Communication about Risk in Birthing (The CRiB Study), The Institute for Social Research Population Dynamics and Health Program (U-M), Role: Co-PI.

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Best Poster Award, Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, 2021


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2019
  • MPH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2013
  • MFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
  • BA, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 2001

Publication Highlights

  • Walsh, A.R. & Stephenson, R. (2023). IPV perpetration denial and underreporting in cisgender male couples. Psychosocial Intervention, 32(2), 109-121.

  • Sallabank, S., Chavanduka, T., Walsh, A.R., Sullivan, S., Wolfe, J., Filipowicz, R., Bonar, E., Horvath, K., Hailu, B., Bauermeister, J., & Stephenson, R. (2023). Mapping LGBTQ+ youth resource density across four high HIV prevalence corridors in the United States. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 20, 300-314.

  • Walsh, A.R. & Stephenson, R. (2022). Reporting of intimate partner violence among male couples: Cross-sectional and serial dyadic concordance. Journal of Family Violence, 38, 1325-1339.

  • Walsh, A., & Stephenson, R. (2021). Positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on relationship satisfaction in male couples. American Journal of Men’s Health, 15(3).

  • Walsh, A., Sullivan, S., & Stephenson, R. (2021) Inter-partner agreement of condom use and sexual positioning in male couples. The Journal of Sex Research, 59(2), 212-223.

  • Walsh, A., Sullivan, S., & Stephenson, R. (2021). Are male couples changing their sexual agreements and behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic? AIDS and Behavior, 25, 3798-3803.

  • Walsh, A., Sullivan, S., & Stephenson, R. (2021). Intimate partner violence experiences during COVID-19 among male couples. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(15-16), NP14166-NP14188.

  • Walsh, A., & Stephenson, R., (2021). Assessing the reliability of self-reported sexual behavior among male couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50(3), 1067–1086.

  • Stephenson, R., Walsh, A., Chavanduka, T., Sallabank, G., Horvath, K., Castel, A., Hightow-Weidman, L., Bauermeister,  J., & Sullivan, P.  (2021). Widespread closure of HIV prevention and care services places youth at higher risk during the COVID-19 epidemic. PLoS One, 16(9), e0249740.

  • Zivich, P.N., Huang, W., Walsh, A., Dutta, P., Eisenberg, M., & Aiello, A.E., (2021). Measuring office workplace interactions and hand hygiene behaviors through electronic sensors: A feasibility study. PLoS One, 16(1), e0243358.

  • Aiello, A., Simanek, A., Eisenberg, M., Walsh, A., Davis, B., Volz, E., Cheng, C., Rainey, J., Uzicanin, A., Gao, H., Osgood, N., Knowles, D., Stanley, K., Tarter, K., & Monto, A. (2016). Design and methods of a social network isolation study for reducing respiratory infection transmission: The eX-FLU cluster randomized trial. Epidemics, 15, 38–55.

  • Fan, K., Eisenberg, M., Walsh, A., Aiello, A., & Heller, K., (2015). Hierarchical graph-coupled HMMs for heterogeneous personalized health data, in: Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, pp. 239–248.