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Rupali J. Limaye, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E5516
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
MPH, George Washington University, 2006
MA, George Washington University, 2006
BA, University of Kansas, 2001
BS, University of Kansas, 2001


Rupali J. Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA, serves as a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the Departments of International Health, Epidemiology, and Health, Behavior and Society. Widely seen as an expert in vaccine behavior and decision-making, including vaccine hesitancy and acceptance, she serves as the Director of Behavioral and Implementation Science at the International Vaccine Access Center, as well as the Associate Director for Behavioral Research at the Institute for Vaccine Safety.

Primarily focusing on infectious diseases, Dr. Limaye is a social and behavioral scientist and health communication scholar. Her mixed-method work examines how various influences affect health behavior and how to leverage those influences to affect positive behavior change. She also studies how health information can best be communicated to individuals in different contexts and through different channels. In her 15 years of working in global health, she has worked in more than 20 countries from both research and implementation perspectives, on topics including immunization, family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and alcohol, and teaches classes on health behavior change and persuasive communication.

She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds an MPH in global health, an MA in international affairs, a BA in political science, and a BS in journalism.

Honors and Awards

Full Tuition Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008-2012)

Top Four Paper Award, Health Communication Division, International Communication Association (2010)

Special Projects Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010; 2011)

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Zanvyl School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (2010-2011)

Field Research Award, Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010-2011)

Predoctoral Training Grant, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health (2010-2012)

Outstanding Teacher Award Nominee, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2013-2014)

Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2014-2015)

Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award, Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy (2018-2019)

Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2019-2020)

  • vaccine demand
  • vaccine hesitancy
  • vaccine acceptance
  • health behavior change
  • infectious diseases

Selected recent publications:

  • Limaye, R.J., Sauer, M., Ali, J., Bernstein, J., Wahl, B.P., Barnhill, A., Labrique, A.B. (2020). Building trust while influencing online COVID-19 content in a socially mediated world. The Lancet Digital Health, 2(6), e277-e278.
  • Limaye, R.J., Malik, F., Frew, P.M., Randall, L.A., Ellingson, M.K., O’Leary, S.T., Bednarczyk, R.A., Oloko, O., Salmon, D.A., Omer, S.B. (In press). Patient decision-making related to maternal and childhood vaccines: exploring the role of trust in providers through a relational theory of power approach. Health Education & Behavior, 47(3), 449-456.
  • Dudley, M.Z., Halsey, N., Omer, S.B., Orenstein, W.A., O’Leary, S.T., Limaye, R.J., Salmon, D.A. (2020). Updated Evidence and Causality Assessment for 46 Adverse Events Following Immunization with Routinely Recommended Vaccines in the United States: A Systematic Review. The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
  • Holroyd, T., Oloko, O., Omer, S.B., Salmon, D.A., Limaye, R.J. (2020). Communicating Recommendations in Public Health Emergencies: The Role Of Public Health Authorities. Health Security,18(1), 21-28.
  • Holroyd, T. A., Sauer, M. A., & Limaye, R. J. (2020). Vaccine decision-making among parents of children on Medicaid with and without autism spectrum disorder. Vaccine, 38(43), 6777-6784.
  • A Comprehensive Pre-Natal Intervention to Increase Vaccine Coverage
  • ACCELERATE: HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV/AIDS in India
  • Center for AIDS Research, Prevention Core
  • CHIC: Coalition to Strengthen the HPV Immunization Community
  • Choice Optimization in Immunization: Country Exercises for Sustainability (CHOICES)
  • Evaluating Demand Generation (Stylish Man) for HIV/Family Planning Services in Rakai, Uganda
  • Improving TDaP immunization Rates at Walgreens
  • Sustaining Access to Vaccines in India (SAVI)
  • Understanding and Documenting RSV Clinical Trial Acceptance and Rejection through a Mixed-Methods Approach
  • Vaccine Safety Communication e-library