Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Director for Research
Office: HH 136
- PhD, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut (2007)
- MPH, Global and Population Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2012)
- MA, Social Psychology, University of Connecticut (2006)
- BS, Exercise Science, University of Nebraska (2001)
- HIV Prevention: HIV testing and linkage to care, care engagement, PrEP, intimate partner violence, HIV stigma, mental health
- Maternal and Child Health: improving uptake of family planning services, gender dynamics, male involvement, couples interventions
- Alcohol interventions: alcohol and HIV, alcohol interventions incorporating behavioral economics and economic strengthening
- COVID-19: addressing disparities in COVID-19 outcomes through improved access to testing, treatment, and vaccines
- Methodology: clinical trials, implementation science, biomarker outcomes in behavioral interventions, daily process/ecological momentary assessment
- mHealth: mobile apps to improve health service delivery, (e.g., malaria diagnosis and treatment by community health workers) and increase the ability of under-resourced settings to collect and access health data
Dr. Susan M. Kiene is a Professor of Global Health in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Trained in population health and experimental social and health psychology, Dr. Kiene is a social and behavioral epidemiologist who studies the multilevel (e.g., social environment, behavioral, structural) factors that affect health and inequities in access to health services among underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Kiene’s research is primarily on infectious diseases (HIV, COVID-19, TB), sexual and reproductive health, and alcohol and substance use, with a focus on developing, testing, and preparing for scale-up of interventions to improve health. Recent research has extended this work to associated areas including stigma, mental health, and intimate partner violence.
As an NIH-funded researcher for nearly two decades, Dr. Kiene has built collaborations with interdisciplinary researchers and communities in Uganda, Nigeria, Brazil, and in the U.S. Dr. Kiene has also worked in South Africa. Through this research Dr. Kiene and collaborators create opportunities for bidirectional student training and exchange opportunities. In recognition of the longstanding contributions and collaboration with Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda, Dr. Kiene is appointed as an Honorary Professor at Makerere.
Before joining SDSU’s School of Public Health in 2015, Dr. Kiene was faculty at University of Connecticut School of Medicine from 2011-2014 and at Brown University from 2007-2011, where she remains an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Health
- For an up to date publications list see Google Scholar.