Amy Lynn Corneli, PhD

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Medicine
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 215 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 668-9238
Email address

A social scientist by training, Dr. Corneli has conducted qualitative and mixed-method research primarily in biomedical HIV prevention and bioethics in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and in the U.S.  A significant portion of her research portfolio has focused on engaging patients/participants and other key stakeholders in qualitative research to inform clinical research, socio-behavioral interventions, and material and scale/questionnaire development as well as to assess participant perceptions of intervention/clinical trial implementation. Her HIV-related research focuses on identifying evidence-based strategies for linking populations at HIV risk to PrEP care, support PrEP adherence to achieve protective levels, and keep clients engaged in PrEP care for as long as their HIV risk persists. Her research in bioethics has explored innovative methods for improving informed consent comprehension and shortening consent forms, the acceptability of informed assent, and the functioning of research ethics committees.

Areas of expertise: HIV, qualitative research methods, bioethics, health behavior

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Center for Disease Control, 1997 - 2000
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2004
  • M.P.H., Emory University, 1995


Mills, James N., Amy Corneli, Joni C. Young, Laurel E. Garrison, Ali S. Khan, and Thomas G. Ksiazek. “Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome--United States: updated recommendations for risk reduction. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Mmwr Recomm Rep 51, no. RR-9 (July 26, 2002): 1–12.


Hopkins, Andrew S., Joe Whitetail-Eagle, Amy L. Corneli, Bobbie Person, Paul J. Ettestad, Mark DiMenna, Jon Norstog, et al. “Experimental evaluation of rodent exclusion methods to reduce hantavirus transmission to residents in a Native American community in New Mexico.” Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2, no. 2 (2002): 61–68.

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Khan, A. S., P. T. Kitsutani, and A. L. Corneli. “Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the Americas: the early years.” Semin Respir Crit Care Med 21, no. 4 (2000): 313–22.

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