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Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Social and Behavioral Interventions

Kaitlyn Atkins, PhD '22, MPH, is a social epidemiologist with a focus on community-engaged, mixed-methods research that optimizes the sexual and mental health of multiple marginalized populations.

Contact Info

615 N Wolfe St, E5031

Research Interests

key populations; stigma; sex workers; sexual health; HIV prevention and treatment; scale development; latent variable modeling; intervention design; mixed methods research

Honors & Awards

Mary and Carl Taylor Award in Bioethics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2021

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 2021

Mary M. And Benjamin M. Rubin Scholarship for Women, 2021

Select Publications

Selected recent publications:

  • Atkins, K., Kan, L., Musau, A., Reed, J., Were, D., & Mohan, D. (2022). Adaptation and psychometric evaluation of a scale to measure oral pre-exposure prophylaxis-related stigma among key and vulnerable populations in Kenya. Journal of the International AIDS Society25 Suppl 1(Suppl 1), e25929.

  • Atkins, K., Musau, A., Mugambi, M., Odhyambo, G., Tengah, S. A., Kamau, M., Kumau, R., Reed, J., & Were, D. (2022). Health system opportunities and challenges for PrEP implementation in Kenya: A qualitative framework analysis. PLoS One17(10), e0259738.

  • Atkins, K., Rucinski, K., Mudavanhu, M., Holmes, L., Mutunga, L., Kaufman, M. R., Bassett, J., Van Rie, A., & Schwartz, S. R. (2021). Sexual Relationship Types, Partner HIV Self-Testing, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among South African Adolescent Girls and Young Women: A Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999)86(4), 413–421.

  • Atkins, K., LeMasters, K., Oloonabadi, S. A., Munn, T., Eng, E., & Lightfoot, A. F. (2021). How Can We PrEP? Exploring Black MSM's Experiences With Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Through Photovoice. AIDS Education and Prevention 33(1), 16–32.