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Larissa Jennings, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street, E5038
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
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


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

NIMHD LRP Award - Health Disparities Research 2014-2016; 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. Do men need empowering too? A systematic review of entrepreneurial education and microenterprise development on health disparities among inner-city black male youth. Journal of Urban Health 2014 [Epub, Ahead of Print]

  • Jennings L, Na M, Cherewick M, Hindin M, Mullany B, Ahmed S. Women’s empowerment and male involvement in antenatal care: analyses of demographic and health surveys (DHS) in selected African countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014 Aug 30;14(1):297.

  • 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 Oct 16; 12(1):85.

  • Jennings L, Rompalo A, Wang J, Hughes J, Adimora A, Hodder S, Soto-Torres LE, Frew PM, Haley DF, and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN064) Women’s HIV SeroIncidence Study (ISIS). Prevalence and correlates of knowledge of male partner HIV testing and serostatus among African-American women living in high poverty, high HIV prevalence communities (HPTN 064). AIDS and Behavior 2014 [Epub, Ahead of Print]

  • 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.