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Abby Rudolph


Abby E. Rudolph, PhD, MPH, holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology with a focus on Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was also a pre-doctoral fellow in drug dependence and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. Her dissertation focused on evaluating the effectiveness of respondent driven sampling (RDS) to recruit illicit drug users in New York City.

Prior to attending Hopkins, she worked at the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine. There, she worked on several HIV prevention intervention studies among illicit drug users that focused on the social determinants of biologic and behavioral risk outcomes. She also assisted in an evaluation of the New York State Expanded Syringe Access Demonstration Program (ESAP) and helped to develop and implement a community based pilot intervention to link injection drug users with medical, drug, and social services via the pharmacies where they purchased syringes. At Hopkins, she coordinated a four arm randomized controlled structural and behavioral intervention trial in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam to prevent HIV transmission from HIV positive injection drug users to their sero-discordant injecting partners.

Her research interests include HIV and STI prevention, health disparities, behavioral and multi-level health interventions, urban health, social networks, community-based participatory research, and sampling methodologies.

Selected Publications:

  • Rudolph AE, Crawford ND, Latkin C, White K, Benjamin EO, Jones K, and Fuller CM. 2011. Individual, study, and neighborhood level characteristics associated with peer recruitment of young illicit drug users in New York City: optimizing respondent driven sampling. Social Science and Medicine (In Press).
  • Latimore A, Rudolph AE, German D, Sherman S, and Celentano DD. 2011. Predictors of participation in the sale or delivery of drugs for profit among young methamphetamine users in Chiang Mai Province Thailand, 2005-2006. International Journal of Drug Policy 22(4):259-266. PMID: 21689916
  • Rudolph AE, Jones K, Latkin C, Crawford ND, and Fuller CM. 2011. Association between parental risk behaviors during childhood and the formation of high risk networks in adulthood. Drug and Alcohol Dependence doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.05.003 PMID: 21632187
  • Rudolph AE, Crawford ND, Latkin C, Heimer R, Benjamin EO, Jones KC, and Fuller CM. (2011) Sub-populations of illicit drug users reached by targeted street outreach and respondent driven sampling strategies: implications for research and public health practice. Annals of Epidemiology 21:280-289. PMCID: PMC3062521
  • Rudolph AE, Standish K, Amesty S, Crawford ND, Stern RJ, Badillo WE, Boyer A, Brown D, Ranger N, Orduna JM, Lasenburg L, Lippek S, and Fuller CM. 2010. A community based approach to linking injection drug users with needed services through pharmacies: an evaluation of a pilot intervention in New York City. AIDS Education and Prevention: 22(3):238-251. PMCID: PMC2883795
  • Rudolph AE, Crawford ND, Benjamin EO, Stern RJ, Ompad DC, and Fuller CM. 2010. Comparison of injection drug users accessing syringes from pharmacies, syringe exchange programs, and unsafe syringe sources to inform targeted HIV prevention and intervention strategies. J Am Pharm Assoc 50(2):140-147. PMID: 20199954