Kristjana Asbjornsdottir

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2015
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2012
BS Biochemistry, University of Iceland, 2005



Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Seattle, WA

Research Areas

Research Interests

Dr. Ásbjörnsdóttir is an epidemiologist with interests in global maternal and child health and infectious diseases. Her specific research interests are in the health and survival of HIV-exposed and -infected infants and improving HIV care services in resource-limited settings. She currently works on the SAIA-Scale study, a stepped wedge trial scaling up a systems analysis and improvement approach intervention for mother-to-child transmission of HIV services in Manica Province, Mozambique; and on the DeWorm3 study, a multi-country cluster randomized trial of community-wide deworming with the goal of interrupting transmission of soil-transmitted helminths. She is a member of the Health Alliance International and Global Women Adolescent and Child Health (Global WACh) research centers in the Department of Global Health.

Dr. Ásbjörnsdóttir teaches Epi 320: Introduction to Epidemiology, offered in Winter and Spring quarters.Global maternal and child health; HIV; infant feeding and morbidity; health care in resource-limited settings.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Enteric permeability, systemic inflammation and post-discharge growth among a cohort of hospitalized children in Kenya and Pakistan.
(2022 Sep 20)
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr
Tickell KD, Denno DM, Saleem A, Ali A, Kazi Z, Singa BO, Otieno C, Mutinda C, Ochuodho V, Richardson BA, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Hawes SE, Berkley JA, Walson JL

Evaluation of Women's Empowerment in a Community-Based Human Papillomavirus Self-Sampling Social Entrepreneurship Program (Hope Project) in Peru: A Mixed-Method Study.
Front Public Health 10(): 858552
Shin MB, Garcia PJ, Dotson ME, Valderrama M, Chiappe M, Ramanujam N, Krieger M, Ásbjörnsdóttir K, Barnabas RV, Iribarren SJ, Gimbel S

Cost of community-based human papillomavirus self-sampling in Peru: A micro-costing study.
(2022 Apr)
Lancet Reg Health Am 8():
Shin MB, Garcia PJ, Saldarriaga EM, Fiestas JL, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Iribarren SJ, Barnabas RV, Gimbel S

Factors associated with soil-transmitted helminths infection in Benin: Findings from the DeWorm3 study.
(2021 Aug)
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 15(8): e0009646
Avokpaho EFGA, Houngbégnon P, Accrombessi M, Atindégla E, Yard E, Rubin Means A, Kennedy DS, Littlewood DTJ, Garcia A, Massougbodji A, Galagan SR, Walson JL, Cottrell G, Ibikounlé M, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Luty AJF

Epidemiology of soil-transmitted helminths following sustained implementation of routine preventive chemotherapy: Demographics and baseline results of a cluster randomised trial in southern Malawi.
(2021 May)
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 15(5): e0009292
Witek-McManus S, Simwanza J, Chisambi AB, Kepha S, Kamwendo Z, Mbwinja A, Samikwa L, Oswald WE, Kennedy DS, Timothy JWS, Legge H, Galagan SR, Emmanuel-Fabula M, Schaer F, Ásbjörnsdóttir K, Halliday KE, Walson JL, Juziwelo L, Bailey RL, Kalua K, Pullan RL

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