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Katie Schenk, PhD

Department of Global and Community Health

Katie Schenk

Dr. Schenk is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health. She is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded research study exploring HIV status disclosure among children and caregivers in Zimbabwe, in collaboration with colleagues at Duke University and the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative. She has extensive research experience focused on mitigating the impacts of HIV on children and families in sub-Saharan Africa. From 2002 to 2014, she managed a portfolio of applied social and behavioral research studies at the Population Council, an international nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health. She has conducted fieldwork at diverse international research sites, including in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. She has technical expertise in HIV and AIDS prevention, care, support, and treatment, and in program evaluation and operations research. In addition to conducting research, she also teaches courses on global health and research methodology.


  • PhD, Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, 2008
  • MSc, Medical Demography, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, 1999
  • MA (Oxon), Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford (Keble College), UK