Elizabeth Kelvin

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Faculty & Student Council Chair

Ph.D. Epidemiology
Columbia University

M. Phil Epidemiology
Columbia University

M.P.H Epidemiology
Columbia University

M.A. Latin American Studies
Tulane University

B.A Psychology
University of Chicago

elizabeth.kelvin@sph.cuny.edu

Dr. Kelvin’s research focuses on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, with particular interest in international populations, including mobile groups who face increased risk due to their changing environmental exposures and limited access to healthcare. She brings almost 20 years of experience working on federal and foundation funded research studies in South America, Africa and Asia, and has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous studies focused on migrant and mobile populations. In addition to this research experience, Dr. Kelvin also has significant administrative experience having served as the Coordinator for the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCFH) and recently as the Deputy Executive Officer of the Doctorate in Public Health program at CUNY.   She is currently the Chair of the Faculty and Student Counsel, the governing body of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Dr. Kelvin’s research has consistently helped to inform current policy and treatment recommendations. For example, as Project Director of a clinical trial in Ecuador she helped to establish the efficacy of albendazole as treatment for neurocysticercosis, and in 2007-2009 worked closely with the National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC) to promote a nuanced approach to discussing female condom use for anal sex.

Dr. Kelvin’s implementation expertise focuses on impact evaluation at all stages of policy/program implementation from fostering capacity building through incremental stages of intervention rollout with continued monitoring and evaluation to designing studies for program/policy evaluation, as well as dissemination of findings.  Study design expertise includes formative research, observational studies, as well as randomized controlled trials of treatment and behavioral interventions.

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Recent Publications:

Hoffman S, Levasseur M, Mantell JE, Beksinska M, Mabude Z, Ngoloyi C, Kelvin EA, Exner T, Leu CS, Pillay L, Smit JA. Sexual and reproductive health risk behaviours among South African university students: results from a representative campus-wide survey. Afr J AIDS Res. 2017 Mar 16.

Thapa K, Kelvin EA. Peer Victimization and Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors-the Role of Intersecting Identities among New York City Youth. J Urban Health. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1007/s11524-017-0163-0

Kelvin EA, George G, Mwai E, Nyaga EN, Mantell JE, Romo ML, Odhiambo JO, Govender K. Offering Self-administered Oral HIV Testing as a Choice to Truck Drivers in Kenya: Predictors of Uptake and Need for Guidance While Self-testing. AIDS Behav. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1783-9.

Hoffman S, Exner TM, Lince-Deroche N, Leu CS, Phillip JL, Kelvin EA, Gandhi AD, Levin B, Singh D, Mantell JE, Blanchard K, Ramjee G. Immediate Blood Draw for CD4+ Cell Count Is Associated with Linkage to Care in Durban, South Africa: Findings from Pathways to Engagement in HIV Care. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 5;11(10):e0162085. .

Kelvin EA, Cheruvillil S, Christian S, Mantell JE, Milford C, Rambally-Greener L, Mosery N, Greener R, Smit JA. Choice in HIV testing: the acceptability and anticipated use of a self-administered at-home oral HIV test among South Africans. Afr J AIDS Res. 2016 Jul;15(2):99-108.