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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Labrique A, Vasudevan L, Mehl G, Rosskam E, Hyder AA. Digital Health and Health Systems of the Future. Global Health, Science and Practice. 2018 Oct 10;6(Suppl 1):S1-S4. PubMed Central PMCID: 30305334.

Labrique A, Vasudevan L, Weiss W, Wilson K. Establishing Standards to Evaluate the Impact of Integrating Digital Health into Health Systems. Global Health, Science and Practice. 2018 Oct 10;6(Suppl 1):S5-S17. PubMed Central PMCID: 30305335.

Orton M, Agarwal S, Muhoza P, Vasudevan L, Vu A. Strengthening Delivery of Health Services Using Digital Devices. Global Health, Science and Practice. 2018 Oct 10;6(Suppl 1):S61-S71. PubMed Central PMCID: 30305340.

Rivenbark J, Martyn L, Whetten K, Vasudevan L. A survey of healthcare-seeking practices and related stigma among community- and street-based children in Cambodia. International health. 2018 May;10(3):211-213. PubMed PMID: 29506218.

Agarwal S, Vasudevan L, Tamrat T, Glenton C, Lewin S, Bergman H, Henschke N, Mehl GL, Fønhus MS. Digital tracking, provider decision support systems, and targeted client communication via mobile devices to improve primary health care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018 Jan 18;2018(1).

Vasudevan L, Ghoshal S, Labrique AB. mHealth and its role in disease surveillance. In: Disease Surveillance: Technological Contributions to Global Health Security. 2016 Apr 27. p. 131-138.

Agarwal S, LeFevre AE, Lee J, L'Engle K, Mehl G, Sinha C, Labrique A, WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group . Guidelines for reporting of health interventions using mobile phones: mobile health (mHealth) evidence reporting and assessment (mERA) checklist. Bmj (Clinical Research Ed.). 2016 Mar 17;352:i1174-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 26988021.

Uddin MJ, Shamsuzzaman M, Horng L, Labrique A, Vasudevan L, Zeller K, Chowdhury M, Larson CP, Bishai D, Alam N. Use of mobile phones for improving vaccination coverage among children living in rural hard-to-reach areas and urban streets of Bangladesh. Vaccine. 2016 Jan;34(2):276-283. PubMed PMID: 26647290.