Title and Department
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professional bio
Cristian J. Chandler, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Chandler received his bachelor's degree and his master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. He completed his PhD in behavioral and community health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral fellowships in epidemiology at Emory University and infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Chandler’s primary research interests are the health of sexual and gender minorities, particularly in communities of color. He places importance on using community-engaged methods, ensuring that the population of focus is included in his work. Research topics include HIV testing, biobehavioral HIV prevention, HIV care, and sex work.
He has been published in leading journals such AIDS and Behavior, JAIDS, Archives of Sexual Behavior and the Journal of Sex Research. Dr. Chandler is also visiting research faculty in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University. His current funding focuses on HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) modality preferences among Black sexual minority men, HIV PrEP uptake among Black transgender women, and HIV PrEP navigation in middle Tennessee.