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:

Fifield J, O'Sullivan L, Kelvin EA, Mantell JE, Exner T, Ramjee G, Blanchard K, Hoffman S. Social Support and Violence-prone Relationships as Predictors of Disclosure of HIV Status Among Newly Diagnosed HIV-positive South Africans. AIDS Behav. 2018 May 9. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2136-z. [Epub ahead of print]

Fifield J, O'Sullivan L, Kelvin EA, Mantell JE, Exner T, Ramjee G, Blanchard K, Hoffman S. Social Support and Violence-prone Relationships as Predictors of Disclosure of HIV Status Among Newly Diagnosed HIV-positive South Africans.AIDS Behav. 2018 May 9. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2136-z. [Epub ahead of print]

Romo ML, George G, Mantell JE, Mwai E, Nyaga E, Odhiambo JO, Govender K, Kelvin EA. Psychosocial characteristics of primary care-seeking long-distance truck drivers in Kenya and associations with HIV testing.Afr J AIDS Res. 2018 Apr 24:1-9. doi: 10.2989/16085906.2018.1449760. [Epub ahead of print]

Grov C, Jonathan Rendina H, Patel VV, Kelvin E, Anastos K, Parsons JT. Prevalence of and Factors Associated with the Use of HIV Serosorting and Other Biomedical Prevention Strategies Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in a US Nationwide Survey. AIDS Behav. 2018 Mar 17. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2084-7. [Epub ahead of print]

Thapa K, Romo ML, Carpio A, Leslie D, Andrews H, Hauser WA, Kelvin EA. The effect of albendazole treatment on non-seizure outcomes in patients with symptomatic neurocysticercosis.  Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2018; 112 (2):73–80. https://doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/try023