Elizabeth Kelvin

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Innovation and Implementation

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


Dr. Kelvin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (SPH). Her 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 and Chair of the Faculty and Student Counsel, the governing body of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Currently she is the interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum Innovation and implementation at the CUNY SPH.

Dr. Kelvin’s research has consistently helped to inform current policy and treatment recommendations. For example, results from a 2001-2005 clinical trial in Ecuador for which she was Director helped to establish the efficacy of albendazole as treatment for neurocysticercosis, in 2007-2009 Dr. Kelvin worked closely with the National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC) to promote a nuanced approach to discussing female condom use for anal sex, and her research on HIV self-testing in Kenya was evidence used by the National AIDS & STI Control Programme, Kenya Ministry of Health, in their decision to make HIV self-testing available in the country.

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. Her study design expertise includes formative research, observational studies, as well as randomized controlled trials of treatment and behavioral interventions.

Key Projects: 

Recent Publications:

Kong AM, Pozen A, Anastos K, Kelvin EA, Nash D. Non-HIV Comorbid Conditions and Polypharmacy Among People Living with HIV Age 65 or Older Compared with HIV-Negative Individuals Age 65 or Older in the United States: A Retrospective Claims-Based Analysis. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2019 Mar;33(3):93-103. doi: 10.1089/apc.2018.0190.

Paschen-Wolff MM, Kelvin E, Wells BE, Campbell ANC, Grosskopf NA, Grov C. Changing Trends in Substance Use and Sexual Risk Disparities among Sexual Minority Women as a Function of Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Attraction: Findings from the National Survey of Family Growth, 2002-2015. Arch Sex Behav. 2019 Feb 12. doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1333-1. [Epub ahead of print]

Kelvin EA, George G, Kinyanjui S, Mwai E, Romo ML, Oruko F, Odhiambo JO, Nyaga EN, Mantell JE, Govender K. Announcing the availability of oral HIV self-test kits via text message to increase HIV testing among hard-to-reach truckers in Kenya: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jan 3;19(1):7. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6345-1.

Strauss M, George G, Mantell JE, Romo ML, Mwai E, Nyaga EN, Odhiambo JO, Govender K, Kelvin EA. Stated and revealed preferences for HIV testing: can oral self-testing help to increase uptake amongst truck drivers in Kenya? BMC Public Health. 2018 Nov 6;18(1):1231. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6122-1.

Paschen-Wolff MM, Kelvin EA, Wells BE, Grov C. Sexual Orientation and Pregnancy Among Adolescent Women in the National Survey of Family Growth, 2002-2015. LGBT Health. 2018 Oct 31. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2018.0036. [Epub ahead of print]