Jennifer Velloza, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
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    University of Washington, Seattle, WAPostdoctoral Fellowship03/2022Implementation Science
    University of Washington, Seattle, WAPhD05/2019Epidemiology
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NCMPH05/2013Health Behavior & Education
    Columbia University, New York, NYBA05/2010Neuroscience & Behavior
    University of California, San Francisco, CA06/2022Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    Washington University in St. Louis2021HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Health Implementation Research Institute Scholar
    University of Washington2019Outstanding PhD Student Award
    University of Washington2018Magnuson Scholarship
    Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)2018Young Investigator Award
    Society for Epidemiologic Research2018SER Dissertation Workshop Scholarship
    University of Washington2017Remak Scholarship
    Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)2017Young Investigator Award
    CFAR Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Network 2017CFAR SBSRN Scholar
    University of Washington2015Top Scholar Predoctoral Award
    UNC Chapel Hill, FHI 3602012UNC-FHI 360 Graduate Research Fellowship
    Columbia University2010Dean's List
    Columbia University2006Named Scholar Award

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    Dr. Velloza is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Health and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Her research, teaching, and mentoring focus on advancing the field of global mental health and the intersection with HIV and STI prevention specifically for adolescent girls and young women. In her current NIH-funded projects, Dr. Velloza uses implementation science, epidemiology, and behavioral science methods to design, evaluate, and scale-up integrated psychotherapy and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery models. She collaborates primarily with teams in South Africa and Kenya for this work. Dr. Velloza is also the Associate Program Director for Curriculum for the Implementation Science Training Program and is a faculty member with the Partnerships for Research in Implementation Science for Equity (PRISE) Center.
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    IMPOWER 22
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Mar 15, 2022 - Mar 31, 2026
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Adaptation and optimization of the Friendship Bench mental health intervention for adolescent girls and young women in South African PrEP delivery settings
    NIH R00MH123369Mar 15, 2022 - Feb 28, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Feasibility pilot of home-based STI testing and risk self-assessment among adolescent girls in South Africa to trigger PrEP re-start
    NIH R34MH126743Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2024
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Adaptation and optimization of the Friendship Bench mental health intervention for adolescent girls and young women in South African PrEP delivery settings
    NIH K99MH123369Jan 11, 2021 - Nov 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Integrating expedited partner STI therapy during PrEP delivery for young women
    NIH R01AI155000Sep 22, 2020 - Aug 31, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Mental Health Databank Project
    Wellcome Trust WSGR_2-4-2021Aug 1, 2020 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
    PrEP for Young South African Women: Evaluating Uptake by Risk Screening or a Decision Support Tool and Scaled Adherence Support Using a SMART Design
    NIH R01MH114544Aug 22, 2017 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator; Project Director
    Depression and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use among sub-Saharan African Women
    NIH F31MH113420Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    STD and AIDS Research Training Grant
    NIH T32AI007140Jul 1, 1978 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Postdoctoral Trainee

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    1. Acceptability Assessment in HIV Prevention and Treatment Intervention and Service Delivery Research: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Analysis. AIDS Behav. 2022 Jul 23. Ortblad KF, Sekhon M, Wang L, Roth S, van der Straten A, Simoni JM, Velloza J. PMID: 35870025.
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    2. A novel "HIV salience and Perception" scale is associated with PrEP dispensing and adherence among adolescent girls and young women in Kampala, Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2022 Jul 01. Velloza J, Mujugira A, Muwonge T, Boyer J, Nampewo O, Badaru J, Ssebuliba T, Stalter RM, Stein G, Baeten JM, Celum C, Heffron R. PMID: 35776250.
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    3. Adaptive HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence interventions for young South African women: Study protocol for a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial. PLoS One. 2022; 17(4):e0266665. Velloza J, Poovan N, Ndlovu N, Khoza N, Morton JF, Omony J, Mkwanazi E, Grabow C, Donnell D, Munthali R, Baeten JM, Hosek S, Celum C, Delany-Moretlwe S. PMID: 35417485; PMCID: PMC9007385.
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    4. Disclosure and help-seeking behaviors related to sexual and physical violence in childhood and adolescence: Results from the Namibia Violence Against Children and Youth Survey. Child Abuse Negl. 2022 Jun; 128:105624. Velloza J, Davies L, Ensminger A, Theofelus FM, Andjamba H, Kamuingona R, Nakuta J, Uiras W, Massetti G, Coomer R, Wolkon A, Forster N, O'Malley G. PMID: 35381545; PMCID: PMC9119951.
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    5. Cycles of Violence Among Young Women in Namibia: Exploring the Links Between Childhood Violence and Adult Intimate Partner Violence From the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey. J Interpers Violence. 2022 Feb 13; 8862605211073107. Velloza J, Davies LD, Ensminger AL, Theofelus FM, Andjamba H, Kamuingona R, Masseti G, Coomer R, Forster N, O'Malley G. PMID: 35156448.
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    6. Multi-level Interventions to Promote Oral Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women: a Review of Recent Research. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2021 12; 18(6):490-499. Irungu E, Khoza N, Velloza J. PMID: 34719745; PMCID: PMC8557703.
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    7. Intervening for HIV prevention and mental health: a review of global literature. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 06; 24 Suppl 2:e25710. Collins PY, Velloza J, Concepcion T, Oseso L, Chwastiak L, Kemp CG, Simoni J, Wagenaar BH. PMID: 34164934; PMCID: PMC8222838.
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    8. Assessing longitudinal patterns of depressive symptoms and the influence of symptom trajectories on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence among adolescent girls in the HPTN 082 randomized controlled trial. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 06; 24 Suppl 2:e25731. Velloza J, Hosek S, Donnell D, Anderson PL, Chirenje M, Mgodi N, Bekker LG, Delany-Moretlwe S, Celum C, HPTN 082 study group. PMID: 34164929; PMCID: PMC8222844.
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    9. Use of fertility awareness methods as a component of safer conception for women in HIV-serodifferent relationships in Kenya. Reprod Health. 2021 Apr 01; 18(1):73. Zia Y, Velloza J, Oluoch L, Momanyi R, Mbugua S, Njoroge J, Gakuo S, Mugo E, Thuo N, Kiptinness C, Njuguna N, Ngure K, R Mugo N, Heffron R. PMID: 33794936; PMCID: PMC8017620.
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    10. Interventions to improve daily medication use among adolescents and young adults: what can we learn for youth pre-exposure prophylaxis services? AIDS. 2021 03 01; 35(3):463-475. Velloza J, Kapogiannis B, Bekker LG, Celum C, Hosek S, Delany-Moretlwe S, Baggaley R, Dalal S. PMID: 33252486; PMCID: PMC7855564.
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    11. Narrative sexual histories and perceptions of HIV risk among young women taking PrEP in southern Africa: Findings from a novel participatory method. Soc Sci Med. 2021 02; 270:113600. Scorgie F, Khoza N, Delany-Moretlwe S, Velloza J, Mangxilana N, Atujuna M, Chitukuta M, Matambanadzo KV, Hosek S, Makhale L, Celum C. PMID: 33360535; PMCID: PMC8643882.
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    12. Alignment of PrEP use and effective contraceptive use among East African women in HIV serodiscordant partnerships. Int J STD AIDS. 2020 11; 31(13):1263-1271. Ngure K, Velloza J, Patel RC, Mugo NR, Bukusi EA, Haberer JE, Odoyo J, Celum C, Baeten JM, Heffron R. PMID: 32998640; PMCID: PMC7982141.
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    13. The Effect of Depression on Adherence to HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Among High-Risk South African Women in HPTN 067/ADAPT. AIDS Behav. 2020 Jul; 24(7):2178-2187. Velloza J, Heffron R, Amico KR, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Hughes JP, Li M, Dye BJ, Celum C, Bekker LG, Grant RM, HPTN 067/ADAPT Study Team. PMID: 31955360; PMCID: PMC7319871.
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    14. Alcohol Use and Antiretroviral Therapy Non-Adherence Among Adults Living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. AIDS Behav. 2020 Jun; 24(6):1727-1742. Velloza J, Kemp CG, Aunon FM, Ramaiya MK, Creegan E, Simoni JM. PMID: 31673913; PMCID: PMC7190427.
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    15. The influence of HIV-related stigma on PrEP disclosure and adherence among adolescent girls and young women in HPTN 082: a qualitative study. J Int AIDS Soc. 2020 03; 23(3):e25463. Velloza J, Khoza N, Scorgie F, Chitukuta M, Mutero P, Mutiti K, Mangxilana N, Nobula L, Bulterys MA, Atujuna M, Hosek S, Heffron R, Bekker LG, Mgodi N, Chirenje M, Celum C, Delany-Moretlwe S, HPTN 082 study group. PMID: 32144874; PMCID: PMC7060297.
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    16. Cognitive testing of the PHQ-9 for depression screening among pregnant and postpartum women in Kenya. BMC Psychiatry. 2020 01 29; 20(1):31. Velloza J, Njoroge J, Ngure K, Thuo N, Kiptinness C, Momanyi R, Ayub S, Gakuo S, Mugo N, Simoni J, Heffron R. PMID: 31996166; PMCID: PMC6990517.
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    17. Knowledge of HIV Status Is Associated With a Decrease in the Severity of Depressive Symptoms Among Female Sex Workers in Uganda and Zambia. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 01 01; 83(1):37-46. Ortblad KF, Musoke DK, Chanda MM, Ngabirano T, Velloza J, Haberer JE, McConnell M, Oldenburg CE, Bärnighausen T. PMID: 31633611; PMCID: PMC6898780.
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    18. Short- and Long-Term Pharmacologic Measures of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use Among High-Risk Men Who Have Sex With Men in HPTN 067/ADAPT. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 10 01; 82(2):149-158. Velloza J, Bacchetti P, Hendrix CW, Murnane P, Hughes JP, Li M, Curlin ME, Holtz TH, Mannheimer S, Marzinke MA, Amico KR, Liu A, Piwowar-Manning E, Eshleman SH, Dye BJ, Gandhi M, Grant RM, HPTN 067/ADAPT Study Team. PMID: 31335588; PMCID: PMC6749964.
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    19. Comprehensive HIV risk reduction interventions for 2020 and beyond: product choices and effective service-delivery platforms for individual needs and population-level impact. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2019 09; 14(5):423-432. Velloza J, Delany-Moretlwe S, Baeten JM. PMID: 31261158.
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    20. Associations Between Anxiety and Adherence to Antiretroviral Medications in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. AIDS Behav. 2019 Aug; 23(8):2059-2071. Wykowski J, Kemp CG, Velloza J, Rao D, Drain PK. PMID: 30659424; PMCID: PMC6639150.
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    21. High Global Burden and Costs of Bacterial Vaginosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sex Transm Dis. 2019 05; 46(5):304-311. Peebles K, Velloza J, Balkus JE, McClelland RS, Barnabas RV. PMID: 30624309.
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    22. Implementation of a comprehensive safer conception intervention for HIV-serodiscordant couples in Kenya: uptake, use and effectiveness. J Int AIDS Soc. 2019 04; 22(4):e25261. Heffron R, Ngure K, Velloza J, Kiptinness C, Quame-Amalgo J, Oluch L, Thuo N, Njoroge J, Momanyi R, Gakuo S, Mbugua S, Morrison S, Haugen H, Chohan B, Celum C, Baeten JM, Mugo N. PMID: 30957420; PMCID: PMC6452026.
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    23. A clinic-based tablet application to support safer conception among HIV serodiscordant couples in Kenya: feasibility and acceptability study. Mhealth. 2019; 5:4. Velloza J, Ngure K, Kiptinness C, Quame-Amaglo J, Thuo N, Dew K, Kimani M, Gakuo S, Unger JA, Kolko B, Baeten JM, Celum C, Mugo N, Heffron R. PMID: 30976596; PMCID: PMC6414336.
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    24. Implementation of eHealth Interventions Across the HIV Care Cascade: a Review of Recent Research. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 12; 15(6):403-413. Kemp CG, Velloza J. PMID: 30171519; PMCID: PMC6289676.
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    25. Effect of Depression on Adherence to Oral PrEP Among Men and Women in East Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 11 01; 79(3):330-338. Velloza J, Baeten JM, Haberer J, Ngure K, Irungu E, Mugo NR, Celum C, Heffron R, Partners Demonstration Project Team. PMID: 30063651; PMCID: PMC6295199.
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    26. Estimating the Magnitude of the Relation Between Bullying, E-Bullying, and Suicidal Behaviors Among United States Youth, 2015. Crisis. 2019 May; 40(3):157-165. Kuehn KS, Wagner A, Velloza J. PMID: 30215304.
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    27. Intimate Partner Violence and Self-Reported Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Interruptions Among HIV-Negative Partners in HIV Serodiscordant Couples in Kenya and Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 02 01; 77(2):154-159. Cabral A, M Baeten J, Ngure K, Velloza J, Odoyo J, E Haberer J, Celum C, Muwonge T, Asiimwe S, Heffron R, Partners Demonstration Project Team. PMID: 29076883; PMCID: PMC5762272.
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    28. HIV-Risk Behaviors and Social Support Among Men and Women Attending Alcohol-Serving Venues in South Africa: Implications for HIV Prevention. AIDS Behav. 2017 Nov; 21(Suppl 2):144-154. Velloza J, Watt MH, Abler L, Skinner D, Kalichman SC, Dennis AC, Sikkema KJ. PMID: 28710711; PMCID: PMC5844773.
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    29. The Vaginal Microbiome and its Potential to Impact Efficacy of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for Women. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2017 10; 14(5):153-160. Velloza J, Heffron R. PMID: 28812207; PMCID: PMC5693614.
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    30. Depression and ART Initiation Among HIV Serodiscordant Couples in Kenya and Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2017 Aug; 21(8):2509-2518. Velloza J, Celum C, Haberer JE, Ngure K, Irungu E, Mugo N, Baeten JM, Heffron R, Partners Demonstration Project Team. PMID: 28634661; PMCID: PMC5552192.
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    31. Implementation research on HIV adherence interventions: no time to wait. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017 06; 17(6):564-565. Simoni JM, Aunon FM, Kemp CG, Kutner BA, Ramaiya MK, Velloza J, Yang JP. PMID: 28262600; PMCID: PMC7003990.
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    32. Stages and Processes of Change Utilized by Female Sex Workers Participating in an Alcohol-Reduction Intervention in Mombasa, Kenya. Subst Use Misuse. 2015; 50(13):1728-37. Velloza J, L'Engle K, Mwarogo P, Chokwe J, Magaria L, Sinkele W, Kingola N. PMID: 26595484.
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    33. Adherence during antiviral treatment regimens for chronic hepatitis C: a qualitative study of patient-reported facilitators and barriers. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2015 May-Jun; 49(5):e41-50. Evon DM, Golin CE, Bonner JE, Grodensky C, Velloza J. PMID: 24828358; PMCID: PMC4231022.
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    34. Development of an intervention to improve mental health for obstetric fistula patients in Tanzania. Eval Program Plann. 2015 Jun; 50:1-9. Watt MH, Wilson SM, Sikkema KJ, Velloza J, Mosha MV, Masenga GG, Bangser M, Browning A, Nyindo PM. PMID: 25710896; PMCID: PMC4395537.
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    35. HIV/AIDS-related stigma in South African alcohol-serving venues and its potential impact on HIV disclosure, testing and treatment-seeking behaviours. Glob Public Health. 2015 Oct; 10(9):1092-106. Velloza J, Watt MH, Choi KW, Abler L, Kalichman SC, Skinner D, Pieterse D, Sikkema KJ. PMID: 25630531; PMCID: PMC4519431.
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    36. Maladaptive coping mediates the influence of childhood trauma on depression and PTSD among pregnant women in South Africa. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Oct; 18(5):731-8. Choi KW, Sikkema KJ, Velloza J, Marais A, Jose C, Stein DJ, Watt MH, Joska JA. PMID: 25578632; PMCID: PMC4500677.
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    37. Experiences of forced sex among female patrons of alcohol-serving venues in a South African township. J Interpers Violence. 2015 May; 30(9):1533-52. Watt MH, Sikkema KJ, Abler L, Velloza J, Eaton LA, Kalichman SC, Skinner D, Pieterse D. PMID: 24981006; PMCID: PMC4280349.
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    38. "It's better for me to drink, at least the stress is going away": perspectives on alcohol use during pregnancy among South African women attending drinking establishments. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Sep; 116:119-25. Watt MH, Eaton LA, Choi KW, Velloza J, Kalichman SC, Skinner D, Sikkema KJ. PMID: 24997441; PMCID: PMC4117814.
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    39. A qualitative assessment of emergency department patients' knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and acceptance toward revised HIV testing strategies. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Mar; 20(3):287-94. Cowan E, Leider J, Velastegui L, Wexler J, Velloza J, Calderon Y. PMID: 23517261; PMCID: PMC3607454.
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    40. Intranasal delivery of caspase-9 inhibitor reduces caspase-6-dependent axon/neuron loss and improves neurological function after stroke. J Neurosci. 2011 Jun 15; 31(24):8894-904. Akpan N, Serrano-Saiz E, Zacharia BE, Otten ML, Ducruet AF, Snipas SJ, Liu W, Velloza J, Cohen G, Sosunov SA, Frey WH, Salvesen GS, Connolly ES, Troy CM. PMID: 21677173; PMCID: PMC3143191.
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