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Karen Hampanda, PhD, MPH

Instructor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health Investigator, Center for Global Health

Dr. Hampanda

Dr. Hampanda holds a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver and an MPH in Global Health from Boston University. She recently completed training as a Postdoctoral Fellow through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)-funded Colorado HIV Research Training Program. Prior to this, she was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Predoctoral Individual Research Fellow. Dr. Hampanda has expertise in health behavior theory, global health, and mixed methods research. Her research agenda focuses on understanding and addressing the behavioral determinants of maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health outcomes, with a focus on HIV.

Currently, her primary research interest is in promoting HIV treatment adherence and sustained engagement in care among pregnant and postpartum women in high HIV prevalence settings of East and Southern Africa. She has been working in this region for the past 10 years, conducting studies on HIV prevention, care, and treatment, particularly prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Dr. Hampanda has completed numerous global health projects in various settings, including Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.​

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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