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. Matthew’s past research experience has spanned both observational studies and clinical trials, and has contributed to the evidence base for the clinical management of neurocysticercosis, a parasitic disease of the central nervous system that disproportionately affects those living in poverty, and how to implement public health technology and programs, including HIV self-testing to high-risk mobile populations in Kenya and a nutrition/physical activity educational program to preschoolers in Ecuador. Matthew is also skilled in the development and deployment of discrete choice experiments.

Matthew is pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology at the CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy under the mentorship of Dr. Denis Nash.

Recent publications:

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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.

Carpio A, Chang M, Zhang H, Romo ML, Jaramillo A, Hauser WA, Kelvin EA. Exploring the complex associations over time among albendazole treatment, cyst evolution, and seizure outcomes in neurocysticercosis. Epilepsia. 2019 Jul 29;00:1-9. doi: 10.1111/epi.16302. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

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