Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Assistant Research Professor of Global Health
Member of the DHVI
Campus mail 2200 West Main Street, Suite 600 Room 606, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 613-1423
Email address lavanya.vasudevan@duke.edu

Lavanya Vasudevan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Global Health Institute at Duke University. She is also a member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health. Her research focuses on studying the timeliness of vaccinations, identifying vaccination barriers, and understanding the role of misinformation in driving vaccine hesitancy. In addition, she works on developing and evaluating novel interventions, including those that leverage digital health technologies, for health information or service delivery. In her research, Dr. Vasudevan seeks to study and alleviate the complex challenges with vaccination delivery and uptake in low resource settings and in populations experiencing health disparities. In the context of these challenges, Dr. Vasudevan is interested in the use of multidisciplinary collaborations, mixed methods and implementation science frameworks. Dr. Vasudevan has led or collaborated on studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Vasudevan is a recipient of the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences KL2 Research and Career Development Award. She has received several honors including induction in the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health and the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s Ward Cates Emerging Leader in Global Health award. Dr. Vasudevan completed her doctoral training in molecular biology and genetics at Cornell University and received her Master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Vasudevan is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Education and Training

  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Unversity, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2008

Publications

Fish, Laura J., Sayward E. Harrison, Jodi-Ann McDonald, Valerie Yelverton, Charnetta Williams, Emmanuel B. Walter, and Lavanya Vasudevan. “Key stakeholder perspectives on challenges and opportunities for rural HPV vaccination in North and South Carolina.” Hum Vaccin Immunother, April 19, 2022, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2022.2058264.

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Glenton, C., S. Lewin, S. Downe, E. Paulsen, S. Munabi-Babigumira, S. Agarwal, H. Ames, et al. “Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Qualitative Evidence Syntheses, Differences From Reviews of Intervention Effectiveness and Implications for Guidance.” International Journal of Qualitative Methods 21 (February 11, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211061950.

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Vasudevan, Lavanya, Jan Ostermann, Yunfei Wang, Sayward E. Harrison, Valerie Yelverton, Jodi-Ann McDonald, Laura J. Fish, Charnetta Williams, and Emmanuel B. Walter. “Predictors of HPV vaccination in the southern US: A survey of caregivers from 13 states.” Vaccine 39, no. 51 (December 17, 2021): 7485–93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.10.036.

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Schroeder, Kristin, James Maiarana, Mwitasrobert Gisiri, Emma Joo, Charles Muiruri, Leah Zullig, Nestory Masalu, and Lavanya Vasudevan. “Caregiver Acceptability of Mobile Phone Use for Pediatric Cancer Care in Tanzania: Cross-sectional Questionnaire Study.” Jmir Pediatr Parent 4, no. 4 (December 8, 2021): e27988. https://doi.org/10.2196/27988.

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34889763
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Goel, Kunal, and Lavanya Vasudevan. “Disparities in healthcare access and utilization and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine initiation in the United States.” Hum Vaccin Immunother 17, no. 12 (December 2, 2021): 5390–96. https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2021.1989919.

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Harrison, Sayward E., Valerie Yelverton, Yunfei Wang, Jan Ostermann, Laura J. Fish, Charnetta L. Williams, Lavanya Vasudevan, and Emmanuel B. Walter. “Examining Associations between Knowledge and Vaccine Uptake Using the Human Papillomavirus Knowledge Questionnaire (HPV-KQ).” Am J Health Behav 45, no. 5 (September 30, 2021): 810–27. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.45.5.2.

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Pieters, Michelle M., Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Emily Coffey, Megan J. Huchko, and Lavanya Vasudevan. “Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding cervical cancer screening among women in metropolitan Lima, Peru: a cross-sectional study.” Bmc Womens Health 21, no. 1 (August 18, 2021): 304. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-021-01431-0.

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Vasudevan, Lavanya, Claire Glenton, Nicholas Henschke, Nicola Maayan, John Eyers, Marita S. Fønhus, Tigest Tamrat, Garrett L. Mehl, and Simon Lewin. “Birth and death notification via mobile devices: a mixed methods systematic review.” Cochrane Database Syst Rev 7 (July 16, 2021): CD012909. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012909.pub2.

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34271590
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Rossman, Andrea H., Hadley W. Reid, Michelle M. Pieters, Cecelia Mizelle, Megan von Isenburg, Nimmi Ramanujam, Megan J. Huchko, and Lavanya Vasudevan. “Digital Health Strategies for Cervical Cancer Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review of Current Implementations and Gaps in Research.” J Med Internet Res 23, no. 5 (May 27, 2021): e23350. https://doi.org/10.2196/23350.

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Vasudevan, Lavanya, Emmanuel Walter, and Geeta Swamy. “Vaccine Hesitancy in North Carolina: The Elephant in the Room?” N C Med J 82, no. 2 (March 2021): 130–37. https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.82.2.130.

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