Matthew Romo, PharmD, MPH

Research Scientist

Matthew is a Research Scientist at the ISPH. Trained as both a pharmacist and epidemiologist, his expertise includes study design, study monitoring, and data analysis. Methodologically, he has a special interest in missing data analysis and Mendelian randomization. His prior research experience includes managing a randomized controlled trial of oral HIV testing in Kenya and a multi-country validation study of new diagnostic criteria for neurocysticercosis. His subject matter expertise is in primary health care and chronic diseases, particularly among migrant populations.  He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has basic working proficiency in Portuguese.  ​

Recent publications:

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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.

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]

Carpio A, Campoverde A, Romo ML, García L, Piedra LM, Pacurucu M, López N, Aguilar J, López S, Vintimilla LC, Toral AM, Peña-Tapia P. Validity of a PCR assay in CSF for the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis. Neurol NeuroimmunolNeuroinflamm. 2017 Jan 16;4(2).

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.

Romo ML, Abril-Ulloa V, Kelvin EA. The relationship between hunger and mental health outcomes among school-going Ecuadorian adolescents. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2016 Jun;51(6):827-37.

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