Hubert Department of Global Health Faculty

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Susan A. Allen  

Updated: 08/01/2011    [update]
Jointly Appointed (Graduate Faculty)

Director, Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group
www.rzhrg.org

Department of:
Hubert Department of Global Health

1520 Clifton Road NE
SON Room 234
Atlanta, GA 30322
sallen5@emory.edu
tel: (404) 727-7883

Chemistry, 1980, Duke University
Medicine, 1984, Duke University Medical School
Pathology, 1986, University of California in San Fransisco
Tropical Medicine, 1993, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
MPH (Epidemiology), 1995, University of California at Berkeley
 
Courses Taught:
GH 563: AIDS: Pub Health Implications
 
Areas of Interest/Research:
Global Health
HIV/AIDS
Infectious Disease
Sexual Behavior
 
Selected Research Projects:

Beginning with a mobile HIV testing site in Kigali, Rwanda in 1986, the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG) has developed the longest-standing and largest heterosexual HIV-discordant couples’ cohort in the world at Projet San Francisco (PSF). The project’s second main research site, the Zambia-Emory HIV Research Project in Lusaka, Zambia, maintains the next largest cohort.   Three additional sites have opened since 2003: Ndola, Zambia; Kitwe, Zambia, and Mazabuka, Zambia.  In 2007, in collaboration with the CDC, National Institutes of Health, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, The Couples HIV Counseling and Testing (CHCT) Intervention and Training Curriculum  was developed and disseminated internationally by the CDC.  The curriculum was developed in response to Dr. Allen's research in Rwanda and Zambia showing that the uninfected half of sero-discordant couples are significantly more likely to remain uninfected if the couple receives HIV counseling, testing and serostatus disclosure at the same time, in each others' presence. This observation created an immediate need to equip community field sites around the world with tools for implementing couples’ voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT) interventions.  In 2008, RZRHG was awarded funding by the CDC to expand CVCT to the Southern Provinces of Zambia and throughout Rwanda in an effort to translate research into service as well as develop local sustainability through integration of CVCT into medical and ante-natal clinics and the training of CVCT counselors.  In addition to RZHRG's research and service expansions, the RZRHG research sites also work in collaboration with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to conduct vaccine studies in both countries.


To learn more about RZHRG and potential student-driven research opportunities, please visit www.rzhrg.org.

 
Selected Publications:
For a complete listing of all publicatons and items in press, go to the RZHRG website.
Publications and Resources
Updated : July, 2008.
http://www.rzhrg.org/publications.html
 
Allen S. Karita E., Chomba E., Roth DL, Telfair J, Zulu I, Clark L, Kancheya N, Conkling M, Stephenson R, Bekan B, Kimbrell K, Dunham S, Henderson F, Sinkala M, Carael M, Haworth A. erson F, Sinkala M, Carael M, Haworth A.
Promotion of Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV Through Influential Networks in Two African Capital Cities.
BMC Public Health
, 7: 349, 2007.
 
Stephenson, R., Barker, J., Cramer, R., Hall, M. A., Karita, E., Chomba, E., Vwalika, C. and Allen, S.
The demographic profile of sero-discordant couples enrolled in clinical research in Rwanda and Zambia
AIDS Care
, 20:3: 395-405, 2008.
 
Stephenson R, Shutes E, Allen S, McKenna S, Brill I, Meinzen-Derr J, Kancheya N, Zulu I, Sinkala M, Tichacek A, Clark L, Haworth A and Chomba, E.
The Impact of Project Closure on HIV Incidence and Mortality in a Cohort of Couples in Lusaka, Zambia
AIDS Care
, 20:6: 683-691, 2008.
 
Chomba E, Allen S, Kanweka W, Tichacek A, Cox G, Shutes E, Zulu I, Kancheya N, Sinkala M, Stephenson R, Haworth, A, and the RZHRG.
Evolution of Couples’ Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV in Lusaka, Zambia
AIDS
, 47: 108-115, 2008.
 
Dunkle K, Stephenson R, Karita E, Chomba E, Kayitenkore K, Vwalika C, Greenberg L, Allen S.
New heterosexually transmitted HIV infections in married or cohabiting couples in urban Zambia and Rwanda: an analysis of survey and clinical data
Lancet
, 371: 2183-91, 2008.
 
Other affiliations and Activities:
Dr. Allen is also active in genocide prevention and bringing awareness to Rwanda's past genocides.  More information is available on the RZHRG website under the "genocide prevention" link.  Please contact Dr. Allen if you are interested in helping with such efforts.
 
 
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