Dr. Tina Abrefa-Gyan, a native of Ghana, is endowed with an unquenchable passion for teaching, research, and community service. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St Louis and also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Ghana, Legon in 2005 and 2002 respectively. Her post–MSW experiences include graduate placement at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs-Division for the advancement of Women and clinical practice at the Hopewell Agency in St Louis, Missouri, where she served adults with mental disabilities. She completed her PhD at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work with a dissertation entitled, ‘Socio-demographic factors, social supports, and quality of life among people living with HIV/AIDS in Ghana’ in May 2014 and accepted an offer in that same year as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Norfolk State University Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work. Dr. Abrefa-Gyan has been a member of the Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) since Summer 2016, currently the organization’s co-chair, and helping to improve the relationship and communication between the two sister cities, Norfolk and Tema. In 2018, the US branch of Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party made history by electing two women, including Dr. Tina Abrefa-Gyan as leaders of the branch with Tina specifically as the first vice chairperson. Her travel experiences include engaging in faculty-led student service-learning cultural exchange programs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, and Wenchi, Ghana; and a conference presentation in Mumbai, India. Her hobbies include travelling, watching movies, and engaging in sports.
Dr. Abrefa-Gyan conducts research on the socio-demographic factors, social support, and the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, adoption of evidence-based practices amongst social workers, menstrual hygiene management, youth development, and gender-based violence. She is publishing in these areas and has currently tested the effectiveness of the Social Care Intervention that she developed for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ghana and Norfolk city in the Hampton Roads Community in Virginia, USA. She also ran a grant-funded Menstrual Hygiene Management Project aimed at producing affordable sanitary pads for girls from poorer homes in Ghana who cannot afford this essential commodity. Dr. Abrefa-Gyan has a good number of peer-reviewed publications. She is also a conference speaker and has made several peer-reviewed presentations across the United States of America and other parts of the world. In 2017, she was the invited as a distinguished speaker at the World Conference on STDs, STIs & HIV/AIDS, held in Vancouver, Canada, in July and was also asked to chair a session for HIV/AIDS conference in Zurich, Switzerland.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLE PUBLICATIONS
Birore, C. M. S., Wu, L., Abrefa-Gyan, T. & Lewis, M. S. (in press). Social Support and Differences in
Quality of Life among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Ghana. Journal of Family Issues.
Fakunmoju, S. B., Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Maphos, N., & Gutura, P. (2020). Rape myth acceptance: Gender
and crossnational comparisons across the United States, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria. Sexuality and
Culture 25(428),1-2. doi:10.1007/s12119-020-09755-z
Fakunmoju, S. B., Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Maphos, N. (2019). Confirmatory Factor Analysis and gender
invariance of the revised IRMA scale in Nigeria Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 34(1), 83-98.
Agyei, W. K. A. & Abrefa-Gyan, T. (2016). Risky sexual behavior and condom use among youth in
Botswana. Journal of Human Ecology, 55(3), 141-151.
Abrefa-Gyan, T. (2016). Evidence-based practice: Attitudes and knowledge of social workers across
geographic regions. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. 1-10. doi:
Abrefa-Gyan, T., Wu, L., & Lewis, M.W. (2015) Social support and support group among people with
HIV/AIDS in Ghana. Social Work in Health Care, 00, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2015.1084969
Abrefa-Gyan, T., Cornelius, L. J., & Okundaye, J. N. (2015). Gender and children as the moderators of the
relationship between social support and quality of life: An empirical study of people living with HIV/AIDS
in Ghana. Social Work in Public Health, 30(7), 550-558. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2015.1071611
Abrefa-Gyan, T., Cornelius, L. J., & Okundaye, J. N. (2015). Socio-demographic factors, social support,
quality of life, and HIV/AIDS in Ghana. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 00, 1–11. doi:
Tuten, M., Abrefa-Gyan, T., Hwang, J., Morris-Compton, D., & Powell, K. H. (2015). Predictors of the use
of evidence-based interventions among NASW members. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work,
52(5), 580-589. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2015.1047109
Hutton, H. E., McCaul, M. E., Valliant, J., Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Chander G. (2014). Blame It On The Goose:
Sex-related alcohol expectancies among African American women attending an urban STI clinic. The
Journal of Sex Research, 0(0), 1–10. doi:10.1080/00224499.2014.931336
Abrefa-Gyan, T., Barr, J., & Soifer, S. (2011). Virtual organizational development and the history of the
internet: A case study of parallel evolution. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(3),
Rice, K., Hwang, J., Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Powell, K. H. (2010). Evidence-based practice questionnaire: A
confirmatory factor analysis in a social work sample. Advances in Social Work, 11(2), 158-173. Retrieved
PEER-REVIEWED BOOKS PUBLICATION
Gilbert, D. J., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. (2021). Rethinking Gender, Culture, and Health: Perspectives from Africa
and the African Diaspora: The Role of Queen Mothers of Ghana in Promoting the Well-being of
Adolescent Girls. Glasboro, NJ: Godline and Jacobs Publishing.
Fakunmoju S. B., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Rape Myth Acceptance: Cross-National Comparisons across Four
Countries. Oral presentation at the 23 rd Annual Conference Anniversary Celebration of the Society for
Social Work and Research (SSWR), San Francisco, CA: January 16-20, 2019, Hilton San Francisco Union
Abrefa-Gyan, T., Sawyer, J., & Gilbert, D. J. Race, Gender, and Academic Outcomes for African-American
Youth at a Community-based Center. Oral presentation at Council on Social Work Education (CSWE),
65th Annual Program Meeting, Denver, Colorado: October 24–27, 2019, at the Sheraton Denver
Alston, S., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Exploring the Impact of Parental Approaches on Future Aspiration among
African-American Adolescents. Abstract accepted for lecture presentation at the 22nd Annual American
Association of Behavioral & Social Science Conference (AABSS), Las Vegas, NV: February 25th and 26th,
2019, Flamingo Hotel.
Fakunmoju S. B., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. & Maphos, N. Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Gender Invariance of Acceptance of Rape Myths Scale in Nigeria. Oral presentation at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Washington, DC, January 10-14, 2018, Marriott Marquis
Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Gilbert, D. J. Social Work and Entrepreneurship in South Africa and Ghana: African-
American student experiences. Oral presentation at Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 64th
Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, Florida; November 8-11, 2018, the Walt Disney World Swan and
Abrefa-Gyan, T., A Novel Social Care Intervention for Improving the Quality of Life of People Living with
HIV/AIDS in Ghana. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the International Council for Social Work
(ICSW), 19th International Conference Zurich, Switzerland: September, 15-16, 2017
Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Amankwaa I. Gender and Children as Moderators of Social Support and Quality of
Life among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Ghana." E-Poster presentation at National Conference of Aids
Society of India (ASICON), 9th Annual Program Meeting; Eliminating HIV: Progress and Reality, Mumbai,
India: October 7, 2016–October 9, 2016.
Amankwaa, I., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Effectiveness of mobile phone-based interventions for antiretroviral
therapy adherence and other outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Oral presentation at
National Conference of Aids Society of India (ASICON), 9 th Annual Program Meeting; Eliminating HIV:
Progress and Reality, Mumbai, India: October 7, 2016–October 9, 2016.
Fakunmoju S. B., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Acceptance of rape myths and gender-based violence beliefs and
stereotypes in Nigeria. Oral presentation at Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 62 nd Annual
Program Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia: November 6, 2016–November 9, 2016.
Sawyer, J. & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Community Engaged Evaluation: Integrating Photo-Voice and Quantitative
Methods for Community Change. Oral presentation at Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 62 nd
Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia: November 6, 2016–November 9, 2016.
Sawyer, J. & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Family, photo-voice, and empowerment: A mixed-methods community-
based program evaluation. Oral presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Annual
Conference, May 18-21, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Agyei, W. K. A., & Abrefa-Gyan, T. Risky sexual behavior and condom use among youth in Botswana.
Oral presentation at Southern Sociological Society 79th Annual Meeting held at Atlanta, GA, April 13-16,
2016 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Buckhead.