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International Health

Assistant Professor Caitlin Kennedy, PhD, MPH

As a new faculty member, one of the first projects Dr. Kennedy  is working on is an R01 examining the efficacy of behavioral interventions for HIV prevention in low- and middle-income countries through systematic reviews and meta-analyses.  This project is conducted jointly with the Medical University of South Carolina and the World Health Organization, and findings will be used to provide the evidence base for future WHO guidelines on HIV behavioral interventions globally.

Asst. Professor Caitlin Kennedy in IndiaDr. Kennedy’s current research is a natural extension of her graduate work at Hopkins. At the 2008 International AIDS Conference, she presented her findings from a qualitative study of a matrimonial service for people living with HIV in Chennai, India. The service had 200 active dating profiles and had matched 20 couples. As dating services for HIV-infected individuals become more common, it becomes increasingly important to better understand how the services work. Kennedy’s study showed that matrimonial services for HIV-infected individuals may be a creative and culturally appropriate way to achieve HIV prevention goals and improve quality of life for HIV-infected individuals.

This term, Kennedy will be co-instructor for a course, entitled, “Qualitative Research Theory and Methods,” with Professor Gittelsohn. The course introduces students to theoretical foundations of qualitative research and different approaches to qualitative inquiry, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, and narrative and case study approaches.