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Nyawira Gitahi

Dr. Nyawira Gitahi, MBChB, MPH, is a medical doctor trained at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She completed her MPH program from the Moi University and is currently a PhD student at the Institute of Infection, Disease, and Tropical Medicine (ITROMID) at Jomo Kenyatta University in Kenya. Her career began as a research physician in the PrEP implementation trials among discordant couples in the Nairobi site under the Partners in prevention research collaboration. Since then, she has built a public health career implementing HIV treatment and prevention public health programs and in maternal, child health, and adolescent community-based interventions in Kenya. She is passionate about adolescent Sexual Reproductive health and mental health.

Dr. Gitahi is currently a UW International AIDS Training and Research Program (IARTP) trainee at the University of Washington. Her primary mentors are Professors Grace John-Stewart, Dalton Wamalwa, Elizabeth Bukusi, and Dr. Kristin Beima-Sofie. She is working towards becoming an independent implementation science researcher focused on identifying facilitators and barriers to implementing evidence-based interventions in adolescent health. She is currently working on a nested study exploring the scalability of transition assessment and preparation interventions within the Adolescent Transition to Adult HIV care for Adolescents Living with HIV in Kenya (ATTACH) study. Her research interests include implementation science research for pediatric and adolescent living HIV, mental health screening and access to services among adolescents and young people and exploring interventions improving maternal health outcomes and SRH/FP among adolescents,