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Julie A. Denison, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street E5032 Baltimore, MD 21205
Baltimore, Maryland


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PhD, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
MHS, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1999


Adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) remain a critical group to engage in HIV prevention and care strategies. HIV programs in low and middle-income countries, however, tend to focus on ALHIV in a clinic setting without addressing the social and familial context in which they live. My research focuses on how families and communities influence adolescent health decisions including accessing HIV testing, seeking care and treatment and adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART).  My research interests also include understanding the environmental and structural determinants of health, gender disparity, human rights and ethical issues. My current research portfolio includes: a) a study among adolescents living with HIV and their parent/guardians in Zambia to examine adherence to ART, sexual and reproductive health behaviors, and family-level influences on health decisions; and b) a multi-country study examining retention to care and adherence to ART among adults living with HIV in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. This research builds upon my experience conducting operational research and program evaluation with globally implemented HIV prevention, care and treatment services utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Honors and Awards

  • National Institute of Mental Health, National Research Service Award Recipient 2003-2005
  • Fulbright Scholar, Zambia 2003-2004
  • Fogarty International Research Grant Recipient 2003-2004
  • Johns Hopkins Department of International Health Scholarship Recipient 2000
  • HIV care and treatment, adolescent health, antrietroviral (ART) adherence, sub-Saharan Africa, HIV testing and counseling, family research
    1. Sweat MD, Denison J, Kennedy C, Tedrow V, O’Reilly K (2012) Effects of condom social marketing on condom use in developing countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis: 1990-2010. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 90(8):613-622A. Epub 2012 May 29.

  • Fonner VA, Denison J, Kennedy CE, O’Reilly K, Sweat M (2012) Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for changing HIV-related risk behavior in developing countries. Cochrane Database Syst Rev.9.

  • Denison JA, Tsui S, Bratt J, Torpey K, Weaver M, Kabaso M (2012) Do peer educators make a difference? An evaluation of a youth-led HIV prevention model in Zambian schools.  Health Education Research, 27 (2):237-247.

  • Denison J, Torpey K, Tsui S, Bratt J.  Evaluation of the Students Partnership Worldwide’s (SPW) School HIV/AIDS Education Program (SHEP): Using a peer education model for teaching HIV prevention and reproductive health in Zambian schools (2009) Arlington, VA: Family Health International.

  • Denison J, Higgins DL, Sweat MD (2009) HIV Testing and Counseling.  In:  Pizer H and Mayer K (eds) HIV prevention:  A comprehensive approach. Academic Press.

  • Pilot of Family-Based Self-Management for HIV-Infected Adolescent in Zambia