Dr. Kelvin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (SPH). Her research focuses on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, with a particular interest in international populations, including mobile groups who face increased risk due to their changing environmental exposures and limited access to healthcare. She brings almost 20 years of experience working on federal and foundation-funded research studies in South America, Africa, and Asia, and has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous studies focused on migrant and mobile populations. In addition to this research experience, Dr. Kelvin also has significant administrative experience having served as the Coordinator for the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCFH) and recently as the Deputy Executive Officer of the Doctorate in Public Health program at CUNY and Chair of the Faculty and Student Counsel, the governing body of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Currently she is the interim Assistant Dean for Curriculum Innovation and implementation at the CUNY SPH.
Dr. Kelvin’s research has consistently helped to inform current policy and treatment recommendations. For example, results from a 2001-2005 clinical trial in Ecuador for which she was Director helped to establish the efficacy of albendazole as treatment for neurocysticercosis, in 2007-2009 Dr. Kelvin worked closely with the National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC) to promote a nuanced approach to discussing female condom use for anal sex, and her research on HIV self-testing in Kenya was evidence used by the National AIDS & STI Control Programme, Kenya Ministry of Health, in their decision to make HIV self-testing available in the country.
Dr. Kelvin’s implementation expertise focuses on impact evaluation at all stages of policy/program implementation from fostering capacity building through incremental stages of intervention rollout with continued monitoring and evaluation to designing studies for program/policy evaluation, as well as dissemination of findings. Her study design expertise includes formative research, observational studies, as well as randomized controlled trials of treatment and behavioral interventions.