Lisa M. Butler is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Prevention and Public Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She received her MA and PhD in Psychological Studies in Human Development from the University of California, Los Angeles; her MPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Health & Social Behavior from the University of California, Berkeley; and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Butler is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and has more than a decade of experience in community- and clinic-based research in sub-Saharan Africa. She currently holds a research career award (K01) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Her principal interest is in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and associated infectious diseases affecting children and their families in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research program is primarily based in South Africa and Uganda. She is currently engaged in research on human herpesvirus 8 (Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus) transmission to children and adults; treatment outcomes in HIV-infected mothers and children; and intervention studies to increase drug adherence and reduce risky sexual behavior in HIV-infected adults. In addition, she provides ongoing technical assistance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global AIDS Program (CDC-GAP) in Uganda and Ghana.