Barbara Cambridge has been an educator and an advocate for women and girls for more than 40 years, focusing on issues that negatively affect their health, educational, and economic well-being. She has served on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for more than 32 years. Cambridge was the first African-American woman to be given a full-time faculty appointment and the first to hold the rank of associate professor. She is a clinical social worker in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and participates in both clinical and research activities.
Cambridge is regarded as an expert in the field of HIV/AIDS and women. Since the 1980s, she has been a strong voice in raising awareness of the presence of this epidemic among women.
Cambridge’s interactive presentation style and candid sense of humor are well received by national and international audiences, and she has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of women’s health and wellness. Her interest in the early development of self-esteem in young girls resulted in the publication of a special book of affirmations for children 0-3 years. A new book is scheduled to be in print by summer.