Kate Wilson, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kate Wilson completed her PhD in Epidemiology in 2015 and is currently working as a Post Doctoral Fellow for Dr. Pamela Kohler in the Department of Global Health/International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) where she is managing Dr. Kohler’s “SPEED” study, a randomized trial to evaluate a clinician training intervention using standardized patient actors to improve retention in care for HIV-positive adolescents in Kenya. Kate’s current research focus is on improving uptake of HIV testing and engagement in HIV prevention and care in adolescents. Dr. Brandon Guthrie and Kate co-lead a new Adolescent Working Group under the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh), to advance collaborative adolescent health research. With I-TECH, Kate leads the implementation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Field Epidemiology Training Program Intermediate Course in Tanzania to strengthen local capacity to detect and respond to heath threats. For her dissertation, she focused on the impact of gender-based violence (GBV) on HIV transmission risk in women engaged in transactional sex in Kenya, under the mentorship of Dr. Scott McClelland. Before her doctoral training, Kate was a Research Associate for the Population Council and the CDC, focused on evaluating HIV care, women’s health, and GBV prevention programs for underserved communities around the world. Kate received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Biology from Brown University, and a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University. She is an amateur photographer and parent of two cats.


  1. Cappuccio, G, Sayou, C, Tanno, PL, Tisserant, E, Bruel, AL, Kennani, SE et al.. De novo SMARCA2 variants clustered outside the helicase domain cause a new recognizable syndrome with intellectual disability and blepharophimosis distinct from Nicolaides-Baraitser syndrome. Genet. Med. 2020; :. doi: 10.1038/s41436-020-0898-y. PubMed PMID:32694869 .
  2. Cork, MA, Wilson, KF, Perkins, S, Collison, ML, Deshpande, A, Eaton, JW et al.. Mapping male circumcision for HIV prevention efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Med. 2020;18 (1):189. doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01635-5. PubMed PMID:32631314 PubMed Central PMC7339571.
  3. Karman, E, Wilson, KS, Mugo, C, Slyker, JA, Guthrie, BL, Bukusi, D et al.. Training Exposure and Self-Rated Competence among HIV Care Providers Working with Adolescents in Kenya. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. ;19 :2325958220935264. doi: 10.1177/2325958220935264. PubMed PMID:32588709 PubMed Central PMC7322818.
  4. Larsen, A, Wilson, KS, Kinuthia, J, John-Stewart, G, Richardson, BA, Pintye, J et al.. Standardised patient encounters to improve quality of counselling for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Kenya: study protocol of a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2020;10 (6):e035689. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035689. PubMed PMID:32565464 PubMed Central PMC7311012.
  5. Thoreson, E, Murphy, L, Lemons, J, Farach, L, Wilson, K, Woodson, A et al.. Impacts of genesurance considerations on genetic counselors' practice and attitudes. J Genet Couns. 2020; :. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1291. PubMed PMID:32432815 .
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