Kristjana H Asbjornsdottir

Affiliate Associate 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)

Scaling-up and scaling-out the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach to optimize the hypertension diagnosis and care cascade for HIV infected individuals (SCALE SAIA-HTN): a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial.
(2024 Mar 20)
Implement Sci Commun 5(1): 27
Hazim CE, Dobe I, Pope S, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Augusto O, Bruno FP, Chicumbe S, Lumbandali N, Mate I, Ofumhan E, Patel S, Rafik R, Sherr K, Tonwe V, Uetela O, Watkins D, Gimbel S, Mocumbi AO

Trends of perceived disruption in healthcare services during the pandemic: findings from the COVID-19 National Resilience Cohort in Iceland.
(2024 Apr 3)
Eur J Public Health 34(2): 394-401
Wang Y, Unnarsdóttir AB, Magnúsdóttir I, Fang F, Thordardottir EB, Rúnarsdóttir H, Love TJ, Kristinsson SY, Pálsson R, Jakobsdóttir J, Zoega H, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Song H, Hauksdóttir A, Aspelund T, Valdimarsdóttir UA

Self-reported condom use among Washington State residents prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional analysis of BRFSS data.
(2023 Dec 20)
BMJ Open 13(12): e075877
Jewell M, Jampel SM, Casagrande MG, Ásbjörnsdóttir K, Littman AJ

Adverse childhood experiences and psychological functioning among women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder: population-based study.
(2024 Jan)
Br J Psychiatry 224(1): 6-12
Köhler-Forsberg O, Ge F, Hauksdóttir A, Thordardottir EB, Ásbjörnsdóttir K, Rúnarsdóttir H, Tómasson G, Jakobsdóttir J, Guðmundsdóttir B, Björnsson AS, Sigurðsson E, Aspelund T, Valdimarsdottir UA

Plasma proteomic signatures of enteric permeability among hospitalized and community children in Kenya and Pakistan.
(2023 Aug 18)
iScience 26(8): 107294
Tickell KD, Denno DM, Saleem A, Kazi Z, Singa BO, Achieng C, Mutinda C, Richardson BA, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Hawes SE, Berkley JA, Walson JL

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