Judd Walson

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Global Health
Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Professor, Pediatrics
Vice Chair, Global Health



MPH Tufts University, 2000
BA Anthropology, Pitzer College, 1993
MD Tufts University, 2000



University of Washington
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359909
Seattle, WA 98104


Judd Walson, MD, MPH is the Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health and a Professor in the Departments of Global Health, Medicine (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Pediatrics and Epidemiology (Adjunct). He has an extensive history of conducting large observational studies and clinical trials in Africa and Asia, including ongoing studies in Benin, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. His research focuses on studies of neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal disease, HIV and endemic co-infections, and their relationship to child survival and early childhood development. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of observational research and clinical trials, and works closely with numerous government and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Walson has mentored over 60 post-doctoral, doctoral and masters levels trainees both in the US and overseas.

Research Interests

Dr. Walson is a Professor at the University of Washington. He completed his training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University, a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Washington, and holds a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University. Dr. Walson has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large clinical trials in resource-limited settings. He has worked extensively in Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal. Dr. Walson is particularly interested in the effect of enteric infection and composition on immunologic function and growth. Dr. Walson is the Principal Investigator for DeWorm3, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil transmitted helminths. Dr. Walson is also the Co-Director of CHAIN, a large clinical platform in five countries in Africa and Asia designed to evaluate mortality and morbidity among acutely ill children with varying degrees of malnutrition and to develop and test interventions for this high risk population. In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Walson is the Director of the Global Health Strategic Analysis and Research Training Program (START), an innovative collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

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

Structural readiness to implement community-wide mass drug administration programs for soil-transmitted helminth elimination: results from a three-country hybrid study.
(2021 Jul 19)
Implement Sci Commun 2(1): 80
Means AR, Orlan E, Gwayi-Chore MC, Titus A, Kaliappan SP, Togbevi CI, Chabi F, Halliday KE, Nindi P, Avokpaho E, Kalua K, Ibikounlé M, Ajjampur SSR, Weiner BJ, Walson JL, Aruldas K

Model for developing context-sensitive responses to vulnerability in research: managing ethical dilemmas faced by frontline research staff in Kenya.
(2021 Jul)
BMJ Glob Health 6(7):
Molyneux S, Sukhtankar P, Thitiri J, Njeru R, Muraya K, Sanga G, Walson JL, Berkley J, Kelley M, Marsh V

Improvement in appetite among stunted children receiving nutritional intervention in Bangladesh: results from a community-based study.
(2021 Sep)
Eur J Clin Nutr 75(9): 1359-1367
Naila NN, Mahfuz M, Hossain M, Arndt M, Walson JL, Nahar B, Ahmed T

A One Health Approach to Defining Animal and Human Helminth Exposure Risks in a Tribal Village in Southern India.
(2021 May 24)
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Sack A, Palanisamy G, Manuel M, Paulsamy C, Rose A, Kaliappan SP, Ward H, Walson JL, Halliday KE, Ajjampur SSR

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