Alison Drake

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Global Health



PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2010
MPH Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2002
BS Microbiology, University of Michigan, 2000



Box 359909
Department of Global Health
University of Washington
Box 359909
Seattle, WA 98195


Alison Drake, MPH, PhD is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Global Health. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She is currently an Assistant Director of the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescent, and Children (Global WACh), co-Director of the Family Planning Decision Support Scientific Priority Area for Global WACh, and Director of the Global WACh Graduate Certificate. Dr. Drake’s research interests include HIV prevention among women and adolescents, incident maternal HIV infections, mother-to-child HIV transmission, adolescent reproductive health, and family planning. She is the principal investigator for a K01 award to optimize repeat HIV testing for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kenya and a study on determinants of contraceptive use among postpartum Kenyan adolescents at risk of HIV. Dr. Drake is also a collaborator on Mobile WAChx, a randomized clinical trial that will evaluate short message service (SMS) interventions to improve maternal antiretroviral adherence and a national evaluation of integration of family planning services into HIV care and treatment programs, both in Kenya. In addition, she is a co-instructor for two courses in the School of Public Health, Responsible Conduct of Research: Global to Local and Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Food insecurity, drug resistance and non-disclosure are associated with virologic non-suppression among HIV pregnant women on antiretroviral treatment.
PLoS One 16(8): e0256249
Chohan BH, Ronen K, Khasimwa B, Matemo D, Osborn L, Unger JA, Drake AL, Beck IA, Frenkel LM, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G

Short-term Reactions Among Pregnant and Lactating Individuals in the First Wave of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout.
(2021 Aug 2)
JAMA Netw Open 4(8): e2121310
Kachikis A, Englund JA, Singleton M, Covelli I, Drake AL, Eckert LO

"Spoiled" girls: Understanding social influences on adolescent contraceptive decision-making in Kenya.
PLoS One 16(8): e0255954
Harrington EK, Casmir E, Kithao P, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G, Drake AL, Unger JA, Ngure K

SMS messaging to improve retention and viral suppression in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programs in Kenya: A 3-arm randomized clinical trial.
(2021 May)
PLoS Med 18(5): e1003650
Kinuthia J, Ronen K, Unger JA, Jiang W, Matemo D, Perrier T, Osborn L, Chohan BH, Drake AL, Richardson BA, John-Stewart G

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and incident HIV infection during pregnancy predict preterm birth despite treatment.
(2021 May 23)
J Infect Dis
Ravindran J, Richardson B, Kinuthia J, Unger JA, Drake AL, Osborn L, Matemo D, Patterson J, McClelland RS, John-Stewart G

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