Dr. Theresa Fedor Amador

Dr. Theresa M. Fedor Amador


Title: Clinical Assistant Professor & Health Program Director

Department: Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences

Office Number: 435 FH

Phone: 713-743-1440

Email: tmfedora@cougarnet.uh.edu


Dr. Fedor is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston, teaching courses on Culture and Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Research Methods and Evaluation, Health Behavioral Theories, and Child and Adolescent Health and Well-being. Her research has centered on sexual and reproductive health with a focus on how women fare within relationships and how gender inequality, at various levels (i.e. interpersonal relationship dynamics, community level norms, etc.), affects women's ability to take protective measures against undesired outcomes and to remain autonomous in their sexual and reproductive health choices. For example, one line of research is related to teenage pregnancy and looks at how gender inequality, gendered behavioral norms and gendered power dynamics affect the risk of teenage pregnancy in Colombia. A second line of research focuses on HIV prevention in both Malawi and the United States, examining the effects of HIV testing and counseling on a number of outcomes including: risky sexual behavior, relationship dynamics, intimate partner violence and attitudes towards women's rights.


Recent Publications:

For a full list of publications, see:



Braksmajer, A. ¶, Fedor, T. M. ¶, Chen, S.-R., Corales, R., Holt, S., Valenti, W., & James M. McMahon, J. M. 2018. Willingness to take PrEP for HIV prevention: The combined effects of race/ethnicity and physician trust. (¶ These authors contributed equally to this work). AIDS Education and Prevention, 30(1), 1-12.
DOI: 10.1521/aeap.2018.30.1.1

McMahon, J. M., Chimenti, R., Fedor, T., Trabold, N., Mittal, M., & Tortu, S. 2017. Risk of intimate partner violence and relationship conflict following couple-based HIV prevention counseling: results from the Harlem River Couples Project. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(24), 3709-3734.
DOI: 10.1177/0886260515600878

Fedor, T. M., Kohler, H-P., & Behrman, J. R. 2015. The impact of married individuals learning HIV status in Malawi: Divorce, number of sexual partners, and condom use with spouses. Demography, 52(1), 259-280.
DOI: 10.1007/s13524-014-0364-z

Fedor, T. M., Kohler, H.-P. & McMahon, J. M. 2015. Changing attitudes and beliefs towards a woman’s right to protect against HIV risk in Malawi. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 18(4), 435-452.
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1090016



B.S. in Applied Discrete Mathematics, Auburn University, 2001
M.S. in Sociology, Utah State University, 2009
M.A. in Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2014