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Anna Larsen

Anna Larsen received her PhD in Epidemiology at University of Washington in 2022 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Epidemiology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Anna’s research focuses on perinatal mental health and linked infant-child outcomes, particularly among populations at high risk for HIV and among women living with HIV. Her dissertation, supported by an NIH F31 Fellowship, leveraged data from the “PrEP Implementation for Mothers in Antenatal Care (PrIMA, PIs: Baeten, John-Stewart)” study to evaluate maternal depression and adverse perinatal outcomes among Kenyan mother-infant pairs. Anna’s postdoctoral research, supported by an NIH F32 Fellowship, expands this work to focus on maternal anxiety, depression, and stress and linkages with mother-infant attachment and infant social-emotional development among Kenyan mother-child pairs enrolled in the PrIMA Extension cohort (PI: Pintye). To pursue her interests in digital mental health interventions, Dr. Larsen serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center. Prior to her doctoral work, Anna served as a Research Manager at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Surveillance Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Pretoria, South Africa, a Research Assistant at Columbia University, and a Program Assistant at PATH.  Dr. Larsen holds a MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University and a BS in Biology and Public Health from University of Washington.