Alison Comfort, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street, #3737
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Alison Comfort is an Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Trained as a health economist, she seeks to identify individual and social network factors affecting care-seeking decisions and health outcomes, both here in the United States and in countries including Uganda and Madagascar. She has evaluated the role of social networks related to health knowledge and behaviors including infant HIV testing, anti-retroviral therapy adherence, contraceptive decision-making, COVID-19 vaccine uptake, and antenatal care-seeking. Ultimately, her research aims to inform the design of social network-informed interventions to ensure access to reproductive health care and HIV treatment and prevention especially in low-resource settings.

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    Understanding individual- and social network-level factors affecting infant HIV testing to design social network interventions to increase testing of HIV-exposed infants
    NIH K01HD105521Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Social networks and HIV treatment adherence among people with HIV initiating treatment in rural Uganda and peri-urban South Africa. SSM Popul Health. 2024 Mar; 25:101593. Comfort AB, Asiimwe S, Amaniyre G, Orrell C, Moody J, Musinguzi N, Bwana MB, Bangsberg DR, Haberer JE, Tsai AC, META Study Investigators. PMID: 38292051; PMCID: PMC10825562.
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    2. Provision of DMPA-SC for self-administration in different practice settings during the COVID-19 pandemic: Data from providers across the United States. Contraception. 2024 Mar; 131:110360. Comfort AB, Alvarez A, Goodman S, Upadhyay U, Mengesha B, Karlin J, Shokat M, Blum M, Harper CC. PMID: 38158075.
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    3. Male circumcision uptake and misperceived norms about male circumcision: Cross-sectional, population-based study in rural Uganda. J Glob Health. 2023 Dec 20; 13:04149. Perkins JM, Kakuhikire B, Baguma C, Jeon S, Walker SF, Dongre R, Kyokunda V, Juliet M, Satinsky EN, Comfort AB, Siedner MJ, Ashaba S, Tsai AC. PMID: 38112224; PMCID: PMC10731132.
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    4. "She should support me, she's my doctor:" Patient perceptions of agency in contraceptive decision-making in the clinical encounter in Northern California. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2023 06; 55(2):94-103. Rao L, Rocca CH, Muñoz I, Chambers BD, Devaskar S, Asiodu IV, Stern L, Blum M, Comfort AB, Harper CC. PMID: 37216964; PMCID: PMC10537387.
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    5. Perceived norms about male circumcision and personal circumcision status: a cross-sectional, population-based study in rural Uganda. medRxiv. 2023 Apr 26. Perkins JM, Kakuhikire B, Baguma C, Jeon S, Walker SF, Dongre R, Kyokunda V, Juliet M, Satinsky EN, Comfort AB, Siedner M, Ashaba S, Tsai AC. PMID: 37163008; PMCID: PMC10168507.
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    6. The role of informational support from women's social networks on antenatal care initiation: qualitative evidence from pregnant women in Uganda. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022 Sep 16; 22(1):708. Comfort AB, El Ayadi AM, Camlin CS, Tsai AC, Nalubwama H, Byamugisha J, Walker DM, Moody J, Roberts T, Senoga U, Krezanoski PJ, Harper CC. PMID: 36114484; PMCID: PMC9479405.
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    7. Telehealth for Contraceptive Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Provider Perspectives. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Sep-Oct; 32(5):477-483. Rao L, Comfort AB, Dojiri SS, Goodman S, Yarger J, Shah N, Folse C, Blum M, Hankin J, Harper CC. PMID: 35691762; PMCID: PMC9110325.
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    8. Assessing differences in contraceptive provision through telemedicine among reproductive health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Reprod Health. 2022 Apr 22; 19(1):99. Comfort AB, Rao L, Goodman S, Raine-Bennett T, Barney A, Mengesha B, Harper CC. PMID: 35459218; PMCID: PMC9026031.
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    9. Social and provider networks and women's contraceptive use: Evidence from Madagascar. Contraception. 2021 08; 104(2):147-154. Comfort AB, Harper CC, Tsai AC, Moody J, Perkins JM, Rasolofomana JR, Alperin C, Ranjalahy AN, Heriniaina R, Krezanoski PJ. PMID: 33901430; PMCID: PMC8541759.
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    10. Mental health among outpatient reproductive health care providers during the US COVID-19 epidemic. Reprod Health. 2021 Feb 24; 18(1):49. Comfort AB, Krezanoski PJ, Rao L, El Ayadi A, Tsai AC, Goodman S, Harper CC. PMID: 33627155; PMCID: PMC7903398.
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    11. The association between men's family planning networks and contraceptive use among their female partners: an egocentric network study in Madagascar. BMC Public Health. 2021 01 25; 21(1):209. Comfort AB, Harper CC, Tsai AC, Perkins JM, Moody J, Rasolofomana JR, Alperin C, Schultz M, Ranjalahy AN, Heriniaina R, Krezanoski PJ. PMID: 33494746; PMCID: PMC7831255.
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    12. Implementation science: Scaling a training intervention to include IUDs and implants in contraceptive services in primary care. Prev Med. 2020 12; 141:106290. Harper CC, Comfort AB, Blum M, Rocca CH, McCulloch CE, Rao L, Shah N, Oquendo Del Toro H, Goodman S. PMID: 33096126; PMCID: PMC8032203.
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    13. Improving Capacity at School-based Health Centers to Offer Adolescents Counseling and Access to Comprehensive Contraceptive Services. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2021 Feb; 34(1):26-32. Comfort AB, Rao L, Goodman S, Barney A, Glymph A, Schroeder R, McCulloch C, Harper CC. PMID: 32730800; PMCID: PMC7385555.
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    14. The impact of pill counting on resource-limited health facilities: a thematic qualitative analysis in eSwatini. Health Policy Plan. 2020 May 01; 35(4):452-460. Krezanoski JD, Matshotyana K, Nxumalo N, Comfort AB, Khumalo P, Krezanoski PJ. PMID: 32073622.
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    15. Comparison of traditional methods versus SAFEcount for filling prescriptions: A pilot study of an innovative pill counting solution in eSwatini. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0224323. Krezanoski PJ, Krezanoski JD, Nxumalo N, Gabert R, Comfort AB, Khumalo P, Matshotyana K. PMID: 31800584; PMCID: PMC6892485.
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    16. Do home pregnancy tests bring women to community health workers for antenatal care counselling? A randomized controlled trial in Madagascar. Health Policy Plan. 2019 Oct 01; 34(8):566-573. Comfort AB, Juras RC, Bradley SEK, Ranjalahy Rasolofomanana J, Noeliarivelo Ranjalahy A, Harper CC. PMID: 31408150.
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    17. Extending health insurance coverage to the informal sector: Lessons from a private micro health insurance scheme in Lagos, Nigeria. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2018 Apr 15. Peterson L, Comfort A, Hatt L, van Bastelaer T. PMID: 29658152.
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    18. Cost-effectiveness analysis and mortality impact estimation of scaling-up pregnancy test kits in Madagascar, Ethiopia and Malawi. Health Policy Plan. 2017 Jul 01; 32(6):869-881. Kolesar RJ, Audibert M, Comfort AB. PMID: 28387867.
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    19. The effect of price on demand for and use of bednets: evidence from a randomized experiment in Madagascar. Health Policy Plan. 2017 03 01; 32(2):178-193. Comfort AB, Krezanoski PJ. PMID: 28207055.
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    20. Exploring the use of routinely-available, retrospective data to study the association between malaria control scale-up and micro-economic outcomes in Zambia. Malar J. 2017 01 04; 16(1):15. Comfort A, Leegwater A, Nakhimovsky S, Kansembe H, Hamainza B, Bwalya B, Alilio M, Johns B, Olsho L. PMID: 28052759; PMCID: PMC5209918.
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    21. Providing free pregnancy test kits to community health workers increases distribution of contraceptives: results from an impact evaluation in Madagascar. Contraception. 2016 Jan; 93(1):44-51. Comfort AB, Chankova S, Juras R, Hsi CN, Peterson LA, Hathi P. PMID: 26409247.
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    22. A false dichotomy: RCTs and their contributions to evidence-based public health. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2015 Mar; 3(1):138-40. Hatt LE, Chatterji M, Miles L, Comfort AB, Bellows BW, Okello FO. PMID: 25745128; PMCID: PMC4356283.
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    23. Association between malaria control and paediatric blood transfusions in rural Zambia: an interrupted time-series analysis. Malar J. 2014 Sep 26; 13:383. Comfort AB, van Dijk JH, Mharakurwa S, Stillman K, Johns B, Hathi P, Korde S, Craig AS, Nachbar N, Derriennic Y, Gabert R, Thuma PE. PMID: 25261276; PMCID: PMC4190292.
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    24. Household malaria knowledge and its association with bednet ownership in settings without large-scale distribution programs: Evidence from rural Madagascar. J Glob Health. 2014 Jun; 4(1):010401. Krezanoski PJ, Tsai AC, Hamer DH, Comfort AB, Bangsberg DR. PMID: 24976960; PMCID: PMC4073249.
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    25. Households with young children and use of freely distributed bednets in rural Madagascar. Int Health. 2014 Mar; 6(1):29-34. Krezanoski PJ, Comfort AB, Tsai AC, Bangsberg DR. PMID: 24366350.
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    26. Financial incentives and maternal health: where do we go from here? J Health Popul Nutr. 2013 Dec; 31(4 Suppl 2):8-22. Morgan L, Stanton ME, Higgs ES, Balster RL, Bellows BW, Brandes N, Comfort AB, Eichler R, Glassman A, Hatt LE, Conlon CM, Koblinsky M. PMID: 24992800.
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    27. Effect of health insurance on the use and provision of maternal health services and maternal and neonatal health outcomes: a systematic review. J Health Popul Nutr. 2013 Dec; 31(4 Suppl 2):81-105. Comfort AB, Peterson LA, Hatt LE. PMID: 24992805.
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    28. Hospitalizations and costs incurred at the facility level after scale-up of malaria control: pre-post comparisons from two hospitals in Zambia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Jan; 90(1):20-32. Comfort AB, van Dijk JH, Mharakurwa S, Stillman K, Gabert R, Korde S, Nachbar N, Derriennic Y, Musau S, Hamazakaza P, Zyambo KD, Zyongwe NM, Hamainza B, Thuma PE. PMID: 24218409; PMCID: PMC3886421.
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    29. Effect of incentives on insecticide-treated bed net use in sub-Saharan Africa: a cluster randomized trial in Madagascar. Malar J. 2010 Jun 27; 9:186. Krezanoski PJ, Comfort AB, Hamer DH. PMID: 20579392; PMCID: PMC2909249.
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