Kenneth Sherr

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering



PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2009
MPH Health Services, University of Washington, 2000
BA Anthropology, Sociology, Kenyon College, 1995



Harris Hydraulics Laboratory 317
Box 357965
Seattle, WA


Kenneth Sherr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, and Mozambique Program Director at Health Alliance International.

Dr. Sherr’s research focuses on developing and testing practical solutions to support data-driven decision making and service integration into the Primary Health Care framework to improve health system coverage and quality. Dr. Sherr developed the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach (SAIA), which packages systems engineering tools to support front-line health workers to iteratively improve prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services. Originally tested through a cluster randomized trial in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and Mozambique, SAIA is currently being scaled-up for PMTCT services in Mozambique, and adapted to address other chronic care needs in low and middle-income countries (including mental health services, integrated HIV testing into family planning clinics, and pediatric HIV testing and linked treatment).

Dr. Sherr leads an implementation research project supported through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative that assesses the effectiveness of an enhanced audit and feedback intervention on implementation of national guidelines to address the main causes of neonatal mortality in Mozambique, and builds implementation research capacity for public sector officials.

Dr. Sherr has led the development of implementation science training curricula at the University of Washington Department of Global Health, including the development of the world’s first PhD program in implementation science. Dr. Sherr received his PhD in Epidemiology and MPH in International Health/Health Services from the University of Washington, and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Kenyon College.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Systems analysis and improvement approach to optimize outpatient mental health treatment cascades in Mozambique (SAIA-MH): study protocol for a cluster randomized trial.
(2022 Jun 6)
Implement Sci 17(1): 37
Cumbe VFJ, Muanido AG, Turner M, Ramiro I, Sherr K, Weiner BJ, Flaherty BP, Sharma M, Faduque F, Xerinda ER, Wagenaar BH

Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach to optimize the pediatric and adolescent HIV Cascade (SAIA-PEDS): a pilot study.
(2022 May 10)
Implement Sci Commun 3(1): 49
Wagner AD, Augusto O, Njuguna IN, Gaitho D, Mburu N, Oluoch G, Carimo N, Mwaura P, Cherutich P, Oyiengo L, Gimbel S, John-Stewart GC, Nduati R, Sherr K

COVID-19-related healthcare impacts: an uncontrolled, segmented time-series analysis of tuberculosis diagnosis services in Mozambique, 2017-2020.
(2022 Apr)
BMJ Glob Health 7(4):
Manhiça I, Augusto O, Sherr K, Cowan J, Cuco RM, Agostinho S, Macuacua BC, Ramiro I, Carimo N, Matsinhe MB, Gloyd S, Chicumbe S, Machava R, Tembe S, Fernandes Q

Results of a cluster randomized trial testing the systems analysis and improvement approach to increase HIV testing in family planning clinics.
(2022 Feb 1)
AIDS 36(2): 225-235
Eastment MC, Wanje G, Richardson BA, Mwaringa E, Sherr K, Barnabas RV, Perla M, Mandaliya K, Jaoko W, McClelland RS

Implementing Implementation Research: Teaching Implementation Research to HIV Researchers.
(2021 Jun)
Curr HIV/AIDS Rep 18(3): 186-197
Schwartz SR, Smith JD, Hoffmann C, Hansoti B, Mishra S, Means AR, Go V, Sherr K, Nash D, Sullivan P, Baral S

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