Kemesha Gabbidon

Kemesha Gabbidon

Assistant Professor


Office: DAV 112A
Phone: 727/873-4263


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Kemesha Gabbidon is a community health equity advocate. Her research interests include youth sexual health, health equity and intersectionality. Dr. Gabbidon leads the I-CARE lab that focuses on intersectional health research relevant to vulnerable communities.

Gabbidon has published in the areas of HIV stigma, intersectionality, and youth sexual health disparities. Her current research is focused on the cultural adaptation of a stigma reduction and resilience enhancing intervention to improve HIV health outcomes among Black and Latin same-gender-loving young men in Tampa Bay.  

Gabbidon teaches courses in health psychology, cross cultural psychology, program evaluation, and cultural competence. She received the Office of Multicultural Affairs Outstanding Black Faculty/Staff Award, training through the Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute and the Fogarty International Center and helped mentor psychology students at USF St. Petersburg campus.


  • M.P.H. University of South Florida
  • Ph.D. Florida International University


My research focuses on understanding the experiences of intersectional stigma affecting racial and ethnic minorities and sexual and gender minorities. Specifically, I aim to understand the drivers, manifestations, and health-related outcomes of experiencing stigma. I apply participatory and mixed methodology approaches to answer my research questions. My goal is to inform policies and intervention design.


(*student authors)

Chenneville, T., Gabbidon, K., Brinson, A., Capobianco, J., Cario, A., Rodriguez, C. (in press) Lived Experiences of Racism and Intersectional Stigma among Black Youth Living with HIV in the Deep South. Stigma and Health.

Gabbidon, K., Chenneville, T., & Rote, W. (2022). Ethical Considerations for Parent‐Adolescent Dyadic Research. Ethics & Human Research44(3), 24-33.

Gabbidon, K., Chenneville, T., Earnshaw, V., *Drake, H. (2022) Intersecting stigmatized identities among youth with HIV: An application of the Stigma and HIV Disparities Model. Journal of Family Theory and Review.

Chenneville, T., *Drake, H., Gabbidon, K., Weidman-Hightow, L., Rodriguez, C. (2021). Engaging MSM living with HIV in care using a mobile health strategy. Journal of International Association of Providers in AIDS Care, 20, 23259582211030805.

Chenneville, T., Gabbidon, K., Dietrich, J., & Vermaak, S. (2021). Balancing autonomy and protection in pediatric treatment and research. Advances in Pediatrics, 68, 55-69.

Chenneville, T., Gabbidon, K., *Hanson, P., & *Holyfield, C. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on HIV Treatment and Research: A call to action for psychologists. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4548.

Gabbidon, K., Chenneville, *T., Peless, T., & *Sheared, S. (2020) Self-disclosure of HIV status among youth living with HIV: A global systematic review. AIDS and Behavior, 24(1), 114-14.

Chenneville, T., Gabbidon, K., *Drake, H., Rodriguez, C. (2019) Comparison of the utility of the PHQ and CES-D for depression screening among youth with HIV in an integrated care setting. Journal of Affective Disorders, 250, 140-144.

Chenneville, T., Gabbidon, K., Lynn, C., & Rodriguez, C. (2019). Psychological factors related to resilience and vulnerability among youth with HIV in an integrated care setting. AIDS Care 30(supp4), 5-11.

Gabbidon, K. S., & Shaw-Ridley, M. (2018). “Sex is a sin”: Afro-Caribbean parent and teen perspectives on sex conversations. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-11.