Sara Levintow, PhD
Sara Levintow, PhD
Dr. Sara Levintow is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose research motivation is to investigate spread of infection and improve public health in vulnerable populations, including those with mental illness, drug abuse, and involvement with the criminal justice system. Her work focuses on HIV and SARS-CoV-2. In those disease areas, she uses mathematical modeling and causal inference methods to improve understanding of the behavioral and biological determinants of transmission dynamics and to inform intervention efforts that reduce morbidity and mortality.
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Honors and AwardsDelta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
2020, UNC Gillings School of Global Public HealthPre-Doctoral Fellowship
2018, ViiV HealthcareGraduate Poster Session Award Winner
2016, American Public Health AssociationAnnual Fund Scholarship
2014, UNC Gillings School of Global Public HealthEmployee Recognition Award
2013, NORC at the University of ChicagoJohn D. Kelton Psychology Award
2011, Davidson College
Infectious Disease Transmission
Depression, antiretroviral therapy initiation, and HIV viral suppression among people who inject drugs in Vietnam. Levintow SN, Pence BW, Powers KA, Breskin A, Sripaipan T, Ha TV, Chu VA, Quan VM, Latkin CA, Go VF. (2021). Journal of Affective Disorders, 281.
Estimating the effect of depression on HIV transmission risk behaviors among people who inject drugs: A causal approach. Levintow SN, Pence BW, Powers KA, Sripaipan T, Ha TV, Chu VA, Quan VM, Latkin CA, Go VF. (2021). AIDS and Behavior, 25(2), 438-446.
Depressive symptoms at HIV testing and two-year survival among men who inject drugs in Vietnam. Levintow SN, Pence BW, Ha TV, Minh NL, Sripaipan T, Latkin CA, Vu PT, Quan VM, Frangakis C, Go VF. (2019). AIDS and Behavior, 23(3), 609-616.
Prevalence and transmission dynamics of HIV-1 transmitted drug resistance in a southeastern US cohort. Levintow SN, Okeke NL, Hué S, Mkumba L, Virkud A, Napravnik S, Sebastian J, Miller WC, Eron JJ, Dennis AM. (2018). Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 5(8), ofy178.
Prevalence and predictors of depressive symptoms among HIV-positive men who inject drugs in Vietnam. Levintow SN, Pence BW, Ha TV, Minh NL, Sripaipan T, Latkin CA, Vu PT, Quan VM, Frangakis C, Go VF. (2018). PLOS ONE, 13(1), e0191548.
PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020
MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
BS, Psychology, Davidson College, 2011