Keshet Ronen, MPH, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor


headshotKeshet2Keshet Ronen, Ph.D., is a research scientist in the Department of Global Health. Her research interests include HIV prevention and treatment in women, adolescents and underserved populations, and the integration of biomedical and systemic interventions to achieve health equity. She currently works on mHealth strategies to improve adherence to ART in pregnant and post-partum women. Prior to joining the Department of Global Health, Keshet completed doctoral and post-doctoral training in HIV molecular virology, and worked with Julie Overbaugh, Scott McClelland and Susan Graham on studies of the incidence, correlates and consequences of HIV superinfection (reinfection) in high-risk women. 



  1. McGrath CJ, Singa B, Langat A, Kinuthia J, Ronen K, Omolo D, Odongo BE, Wafula R, Muange P, Katana A, Ng’anga’ L, John-Stewart GC. Non-disclosure to male partners and incomplete PMTCT regimens associated with higher risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission: a national survey in Kenya. AIDS Care. 2017 Nov 11:1-9. PMCID: PMC5895526
  2. Ronen K, Unger JA, Drake AL, Perrier T, Akinyi P, Osborn L, Matemo D, O’Malley G, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G. SMS messaging to improve ART adherence: perspectives of pregnant HIV-infected women in Kenya on HIV-related message content.AIDS Care. 2017 Dec 18:1-6. AIDS Care. 2018 Apr;30(4):500-505. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1417971. Epub 2017 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 29254362; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5839109
  3. Fairbanks J, Beima-Sofie K, Akinyi P, Matemo D, Unger JA, Kinuthia J, O’MalleyG, Drake AL, John-Stewart G, Ronen K. You will know that despite being HIV-positive you are not alone: qualitative study to inform content of a text messaging intervention to improve prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jul 19;6(7):e10671. doi: 10.2196/10671. PMCID: PMC6072973
  4. Unger JA, Ronen K, Perrier T, DeRenzi B, Slyker J, Drake AL, Mogaka D, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G. Short message service communication improves exclusive breastfeeding and early postpartum contraception in a low- to middle-income country setting: a randomised trial. 2018 Nov;125(12):1620-1629. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15337. Epub 2018 Aug 28. PMCID: PMC6179930
  5. Simoni JM, Ronen K, Aunon FM. Health behavior theory to enhance e-health intervention research in HIV: rationale and review. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 Dec 3. doi: 10.1007/s11904-018-0418-8. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMCID: PMC6324197

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