Kathryn Lancaster

Kathryn Lancaster, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior


Kathryn Lancaster, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. As an infectious disease epidemiologist, she works to address the burden of substance use and HIV/STIs among marginalized populations in the United States and globally. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of substance use reduction interventions among people living with or at risk for HIV.

Previously, she was the principal investigator for a mixed-methods study, using focus group discussions, cognitive interviewing and surveys, to inform discrete choice models systematically evaluating preferences for pre-exposure prophylaxis among HIV negative female sex workers in Malawi. Dr. Lancaster is currently the Principal Investigator of NIDA-funded K01 award that will use a mixed methods approach to examine gender and power dynamics that influence HIV/HCV and measure preferences for obtaining services that reduce HIV/HCV risk among young women

Key Publications

Preferences for pre-exposure prophylaxis service delivery among female sex workers in Malawi: A discrete choice experiment. Lancaster KE, Lungu T, Bula A, Shea JM, Shoben A, Hosseinipour MC, Kohler RE, Hoffman IF, Go VF, Golin CE, Wheeler SB, Miller WC (2020). AIDS and Behavior, 24(5), 1294-1303.
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Substance use and universal access to HIV testing and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa: Implications and research priorities. Lancaster KE, Hetrick A, Jaquet A, Adedimeji A, Atwoli L, Colby DJ, Mayor AM, Parcesepe A, Syvertsen J (2018). Journal of Viral Eradication, 4(Suppl 2), 26-32.

Substance use and awareness of HIV infection among HIV-infected female sex workers in Lilongwe, Malawi. Lancaster KE, Go VF, Lungu T, Hosseinipour MC, Chadwick K, Pence BW, Powers, KA, Hoffman IF, Miller WC (2016). International Journal of Drug Policy, 30.

Designing an individually tailored multilevel intervention to increase engagement in HIV and substance use treatment among people who inject drugs with HIV: HPTN 074. Lancaster KE, Miller WC, Kiriazova T, Saravita R, Bui Q, Ha TV, Dumchev K, Susami H, Hamilton EL, Rose S, Hershow RB, Go VF, Metzger D, Hoffman IF, Latkin CA (2019). AIDS Education and Prevention, 31(2), 95-110.
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  • PhD, Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2015
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Tulane Unversity School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2009
  • BS, Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine, University of Arizona, 2007