Larissa Jennings

Larissa Jennings

Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

International Health (Primary)
Division: Social and Behavioral Interventions

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street, E5038
Baltimore , Maryland   21205



MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009
BA, Harvard University, 2001


Research Interests I am a reproductive health behavioral scientist with training in biostatistics, epidemiology, program evaluation and social anthropology.  My research has largely centered on perinatal health services research in developing countries. I have several years of research field and programmatic experience designing and evaluating maternal, newborn, and HIV-related health behavioral programs. Recently, I have been pursuing a new line of research that focuses on the design and evaluation of small-scale economic strengthening activities (entrepreneurship, livelihood, youth savings accounts, cash incentives, and financial or vocational training) to address sexual and reproductive health disparities among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and in developing countries. I am also interested in the use of mobile and social networking technologies to mitigate economic health disparities. My current research spans across several health disparity populations, including: African-American unstably housed youth, reservation-based Native American adolescents, post-conflict Congolese youth, and Kenyan young adults living in urban slums. My research draws on a combination of research methodologies, including biostatistics, qualitative research, psychometric analysis, and systematic reviews. Prior International and U.S.-based field work: Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Thailand, and Bangladesh; Fort Apache, AZ; Baltimore, MD; and Washington D.C. Languages: English, French Keywords economic-strengthening interventions, asset development, empowerment, poverty reduction health approaches, adolescents, young adults, mHealth, perinatal health, maternal and newborn care, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, homelessness, gender, psychosocial outcomes, biostatistics, qualitative research, social anthropology, mixed methods, implementation research – U.S. minority and underrepresented populations, sub-Saharan Africa Honors and Awards NIH HPTN Prevention Scholars Award, 2013-2014; NIH PRIDE Scholars Award, Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2013-2014. Leopold Schepp Foundation Language Training Grant, 2006-2007. Minority Health Training Grant, JHSPH, Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, 2005-2009. Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, JHSPH, 2005. Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar Award, 2003-2004. 


Selected Publications

  • Jennings L, Gagliardi L. Influence of mHealth interventions on gender roles in developing countries: a systematic literature review. International Journal for Equity in Health 2013; 12:85.
  • Jennings L, Ong’ech J, Simuyu R, Sirengo M, Kassaye S. Exploring the use of mobile technology for the enhancement of the mother-to-child transmission of HIV program in Nyanza, Kenya: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:1131.
  • Jennings L, Yebadokpo A, Affo J, Agbogbe M, Tankoano A. Task shifting in maternal and newborn care: a non-inferiority study examining delegation of antenatal counseling to lay nurse aides supported by job aids in Benin. Implementation Science 2011, 6:2.
  • Jennings L, Affo J, Yebadokpo A, Agbogbe M. Antenatal counseling in maternal and newborn care: use of job aids to improve health worker performance and maternal understanding in Benin. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2010, 10:75.
  • Franco LM, Burkhalter B, de Wagt A, Jennings L, Kelley AG, Hammink M. Evidence base for children affected by HIV and AIDS in low prevalence and concentrated epidemic countries: applicability to programming guidance from high prevalence countries. Aids Care 2009; 21(1): 49-59.