Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD, MPH
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
Selected Grants and Awards
- "An adaptive prenatal (ADEPT) intervention to encourage childhood vaccinations
- Duke Creating ADRD Researchers for the Next Generation - Stimulating Access to Research in Residency Program (CARiNG-StARR)"
- Duke CTSA (KL2)
- Reducing disparities in adolescent HPV vaccination coverage in the Carolinas
- RAPID: Poirot: From Contact Tracing to Private Exposure Detection
- mHealth-supported telecolposcopy for cervical cancer screening in low-resource settings
- A digital case management system for reducing pediatric cancer treatment abandonment
- mHealth-assisted conditional cash transfers to improve timeliness of vaccinations.
- Notification and/or registration of births via mobile devices: A systematic review