Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
2200 West Main Street, Suite 600 Room 606, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 613-1423

Lavanya Vasudevan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Global Health Institute at Duke University. She is also a member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health. Her research focuses on studying the timeliness of vaccinations, identifying vaccination barriers, and understanding the role of misinformation in driving vaccine hesitancy. In addition, she works on developing and evaluating novel interventions, including those that leverage digital health technologies, for health information or service delivery. In her research, Dr. Vasudevan seeks to study and alleviate the complex challenges with vaccination delivery and uptake in low resource settings and in populations experiencing health disparities. In the context of these challenges, Dr. Vasudevan is interested in the use of multidisciplinary collaborations, mixed methods and implementation science frameworks. Dr. Vasudevan has led or collaborated on studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Vasudevan is a recipient of the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Research and Career Development Award. She has received several honors including induction in the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health and the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Ward Cates Emerging Leader in Global Health award. Dr. Vasudevan completed her doctoral training in molecular biology and genetics at Cornell University and received her Master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Vasudevan is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Education and Training

  • Cornell University, Ph.D. 2008
  • Cornell University, Ph.D. 2009
  • Johns Hopkins Unversity, Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.P.H. 2012


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Pieters MM, Proeschold-Bell RJ, Coffey E, Huchko MJ, Vasudevan L. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding cervical cancer screening among women in metropolitan Lima, Peru: a cross-sectional study. Bmc Womens Health. 2021 Aug 18;21(1):304.
Vasudevan L, Glenton C, Henschke N, Maayan N, Eyers J, Fønhus MS, et al. Birth and death notification via mobile devices: a mixed methods systematic review. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2021 Jul 16;7:CD012909.
Vasudevan L, Walter E, Swamy G. Vaccine Hesitancy in North Carolina: The Elephant in the Room? North Carolina Medical Journal. 2021 Mar;82(2):130–7.
Mackness J, Gallis JA, Owusu RK, Ali M, Abubakr-Bibilazu S, Adam H, et al. Prevalence and correlates of maternal early stimulation behaviors during pregnancy in northern Ghana: a cross-sectional survey. Bmc Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Jan 4;21(1):4.
Vasudevan L, Stinnett S, Mizelle C, Melgar K, Makarushka C, Pieters M, et al. Barriers to the uptake of cervical cancer services and attitudes towards adopting new interventions in Peru. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2020 Dec;20:101212.
Zhang Y, Wang C, Pujol D, Bater J, Lentz M, MacHanavajjhala A, et al. Poirot: Private contact summary aggregation: Poster abstract. In: Sensys 2020  Proceedings of the 2020 18th Acm Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems. 2020. p. 774–5.
Vasudevan L, Baumgartner JN, Moses S, Ngadaya E, Mfinanga SG, Ostermann J. Parental concerns and uptake of childhood vaccines in rural Tanzania - a mixed methods study. Bmc Public Health. 2020 Oct 20;20(1):1573.
Vasudevan L, Ostermann J, Moses SM, Ngadaya E, Mfinanga SG. Patterns of Mobile Phone Ownership and Use Among Pregnant Women in Southern Tanzania: Cross-Sectional Survey. Jmir Mhealth and Uhealth. 2020 Apr 8;8(4):e17122.