Charles, Vignetta

Vignetta Charles, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer at ETR. Her research focus is on the design of behavioral health interventions related to the intersection of HIV/AIDS, sexual health and mental health. She comes to ETR from AIDS United, where she served as Senior Vice President, guiding strategic programming for the organization, garnering public and private resources for programs, leading efforts to measure and document program outcomes, and developing an expanded portfolio on the translation of science to community. Prior to her work at AIDS United, Dr. Charles developed and rigorously evaluated innovative, theory- and evidence-based sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention programs. She has focused her professional work on issues that disproportionately impact politically disenfranchised communities, with a focus on urban sexual and reproductive health and an emphasis on HIV prevention.

Other previous work experience includes serving as the national health educator for the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, initiating a teen pregnancy prevention portfolio for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and coordinating HIV and pregnancy prevention programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley for undergraduate work, the Harvard School of Public Health for a Masters degree in health and social behavior, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for her PhD in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.

She currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS; and is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).


Auerbach, J. D., S. Kinsky, G. Brown, V. Charles. 2015. Knowledge, attitudes, and likelihood of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among US women at risk of acquiring HIV. AIDS Patient Care STDS 29 (2):102-110.

Jeeyon, J. K., C. Maulsby, R. Zulliger, K. Jain, , V. Charles, M. Riordan, M. Davey-Rothwell, D. R. Holtgrave. 2015. Cost and threshold analysis of Positive Charge, a multi-site linkage to HIV care program in the United States. AIDS and Behavior, Epub 2015 Jul 3.

Coyle, K., P. Anderson, J. Glassman and V. E. Charles. 2014. Romantic relationships: An important context for HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention programs with young people. Sex Education 14 (5).

Kim, J. J., C. Maulsby, S. Kinsky, M. Riordan, V. Charles, Positive Charge Intervention Team, K. Jain and D. R. Holtgrave. 2014. The development and implementation of the national evaluation strategy of Access to Care, a multi-site linkage to care initiative in the United States. AIDS Education and Prevention 26 (5):429-444.

Maulsby, C., V. Charles, S. Kinsky, M. Riordan, K. Jain, D. Holtgrave. 2014. Positive Charge: Filling the gaps in the U.S. HIV continuum of care. AIDS and Behavior, Epub 2015 Feb 12.

Polis, C. B, V. E. Charles, R. W. Blum, W. H. Gates. 2012. Abortion and mental health: Guidelines for proper scientific conduct ignored. British Journal of Psychiatry 200 (1): 76-77.

Charles, V., D. Kirby, G. Lepore, K. Coyle and J. Walker. 2011. Promoting Sexual Health. Scotts Valley, CA: ETR Associates.

Charles, V. E., C. B. Polis, S. K. Sridhara, R. W. Blum. 2008. Abortion and long-term mental health outcomes: A systematic review of the evidence. Contraception 78 (6): 436-450.

Charles, V. E., R. W. Blum. 2008. Core competencies and the prevention of high-risk sexual behavior. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development 2008 (122): 61-74.