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.  ​

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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, Lansdell E, Mantell JE, Govender K, Romo M, Odhiambo J, Mwai E, Nyaga EN, Kelvin EA. HIV testing preferences among long distance truck drivers in Kenya: a discrete choice experiment. AIDS Care. 2018 Jan;30(1):72-80. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1367086. Epub 2017 Aug 29.

Kelvin EA, George G, Mwai E, Nyaga E, Mantell JE, Romo ML, Odhiambo JO, Starbuck L, Govender K. Offering self-administered oral HIV testing to truck drivers in Kenya to increase testing: a randomized controlled trial. AIDS Care. 2018 Jan;30(1):47-55. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1360997. Epub 2017 Aug 21.

Kelvin EA, George G, Mwai E, Kinyanjui S, Romo ML, Odhiambo JO, Oruko F, Nyaga E, Govender K, Mantell JE. A Randomized Controlled Trial to Increase HIV Testing Demand Among Female Sex Workers in Kenya Through Announcing the Availability of HIV Self-testing Via Text Message. AIDS Behav. 2018 Aug 14. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2248-5.

Kelvin EA, George G, Mwai E, Nyaga E, Mantell JE, Romo ML, Odhiambo JO, Starbuck L, Govender K. Offering self-administered oral HIV testing to truck drivers in Kenya to increase testing: a randomized controlled trial. AIDS Care. 2018 Jan;30(1):47-55. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1360997. Epub 2017 Aug 21.

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