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Karen Hampanda, PhD


Dr. Hampanda

Karen Hampanda, PhD, is an instuctor with the Community and Behavioral Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health who works with the NIAID-funded Colorado HIV Research Training Program (CHRTP) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has extensive training in health behavioral sciences, global health perspectives, and mixed methods approaches, including survey design and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She is particularly passionate about addressing global inequities within maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS. Her research agenda presently focuses on using a family-systems approach to improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes among women and children in East and Southern Africa.

Dr. Hampanda has been working in East and Southern Africa for the past 9 years. She has conducted several studies focused on women’s risk of HIV and HIV-related medical adherence, particularly related to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Currently, she is conducting a mentored research project in Kenya examining the impact of mobile phone and community-based interventions to effectively engage the male partners of HIV-positive peripartum women. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Hampanda completed an NIMH-funded study with data from over 300 HIV-positive women in Zambia. This study examined the relationship between gender power imbalances within couples, including intimate partner violence, and women’s HIV-related medical adherence during and after pregnancy.

Research Interests:
  • HIV prevention, care, and treatment
  • Global maternal and child health
  • Family-systems and intimate relationships
  • Mixed methods
Current Research Projects/Grants:
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant. 4T32AI007447-25.
Courses Taught:
  • CLSC 6631: Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • PBHL 3010: Human Sexuality and Public Health
  • INTS 4362: Gender and Health
  • Beloit College, BA, Health and Society, African Studies, 2008
  • Boston University, MPH, International Health, 2010
  • University of Colorado Denver, PhD, Health and Behavioral Sciences, 2016

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