Jonathon Simon

Robert A. Knox Professor

Harvard University School of Public Health, DSc
University of California, MPH

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Jonathon Lee Simon, MPH, DSc, is the Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley; his MPH is also from UC Berkeley. Dr. Simon received his Doctorate of Science from the Harvard University School of Public Health, having completed dissertation research on the changing demography of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr. Simon has had extensive experience working in Africa and South Asia, particularly on issues including child survival, infectious diseases, and capacity strengthening. For the past seven years, he has been part of a core research team at the CGHD evaluating the social and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic while maintaining an active role in the center’s ongoing child survival research work. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) of an applied research project on orphans and vulnerable children. He remains involved in the technical work on HIV economics and program evaluation studies. Dr. Simon teaches a master’s-level course on the history of the public health movement and advises doctoral students.

Dr. Simon has been involved in applied child health research activities for 25 years, working in more than 20 developing countries. Before joining Boston University in 2001, Dr. Simon was a tenured Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and Director of the HIID Health Office. During his tenure at HIID, he was resident in Pakistan for two years as the regional advisor. He worked extensively on strengthening institutional and individual research capacity.

Dr. Simon was named the first Robert A. Knox Professor, a newly created endowed professorship designed to support a faculty member who has an outstanding record of scholarship and teaching in public health and management. The professorship was established through a $2.5 million gift from The Robert and Jeanne Knox Foundation, a philanthropic entity co-founded by BU Board of Trustees Chair Robert Knox (CAS ’74, GSM ’75) and his wife, Jeanne, who heads the BU Parents Leadership Council.



Engagement of the Community, Traditional Leaders, and Public Health System in the Design and Implementation of a Large Community-Based, Cluster-Randomized Trial of Umbilical Cord Care in Zambia

Davidson H. Hamer, Julie M. Herlihy, Kebby Musokotwane, Bowen Banda, Chipo Mpamba, Boyd Mwangelwa, Portipher Pilingana, Donald M. Thea, Jonathon L. Simon, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Caroline Grogan, and Katherine E. A. Semrau

Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.. 2015 Feb; 92(3):666-672.

Evaluation of USAID/PACT Program For Highly Vulnerable Children: Yekokeb Berhan Baseline Findings: Final Report

Candace Miller, Jonathan Simon, Wassie Kebede, Malcolm Bryant, Nafisa Halim, Elizabeth Henry, Lora Sabin, Nancy Scott

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 May.

Antiretroviral Therapy, Labor Productivity, and Gender: A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Tea Pluckers in Kenya

Bruce.A. Larson, Matthew P. Fox, Margaret Bii, Sydney Rosen, Julia Rohr, Douglas Shaffer, Fredrick Sawe, Monique Wasunna and Jonathon L. Simon

AIDS 2012. 2013 Jan;.

PEPFAR’s Support For Orphans And Vulnerable Children: Some Beneficial Effects, But Too Little Data, And Programs Spread Thin

Malcolm Bryant1, Jennifer Beard, Lora Sabin, Mohamad I. Brooks, Nancy Scott, Bruce A. Larson, Godfrey Biemba, Candace Miller & Jonathon Simon

Health Affairs. 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-1518.

Reply to Letter Regarding Validation Study of the Child Status Index: Do Not Shoot the Messenger

Lora Sabin, Maxton Tsoka, Mohamad I. Brooks, Jonathon Simon, Candace Miller

Journal of Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndromes. 2012 Jun; 60(2):e69-e71.

The Well Being of OVC and their Households in Four Districts of Mozambique

Godfrey Biemba, Candace Miller, Jonathon Simon, Maria Francisa Sales Lucas, Luís António Guerreiro Revés, Nair Teles, Elizabeth Henry, Jacqueline Stone, & Abanish Rizal

Washington, DC: USAID; 2012 Mar.

Early impacts of orphaning: Health, nutrition, and food insecurity in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa

Mary Bachman DeSilva, Anne Skalicky, Jennifer Beard, Mandisa Cakwe, Tom Zhuwau, Tim Quinlan and Jonathon Simon

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012 Mar; 7(1):75-87.

External Evaluation Of The President’s Malaria Initiative Final Report

Jonathon Simon, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Allan Schapira, Mohammadou Kabir Cham, Rosemary Barber-Madden, and Mohamad Ibrahim Brooks

Washington, DC: USAID; 2011 Dec.

Longitudinal OVC Study in Zambia: Final Report

Scott N, Sylvester J, Semrau K, McClurg C, Mugala T, and Simon J

Boston, MA: Boston University Center for Global Health & Development and FHI 360; 2011 Aug.

Effect of Training Traditional Birth Attendants on Neonatal Mortality (Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project): Randomised Controlled Study

Gill C., Phiri-Mazala G., Guerina N., Kasimba J., Mulenga C., MacLeod W., Waitolo N., Knapp A., Mirochnick M., Mazimba A., Fox M., Sabin L., Seidenberg P., Simon J., Hamer D.

British Medical Journal. 2011 Jun;.

Children of Female Sex Workers and Drug Users: A Review of Vulnerability, Resilience and Family-Centred Models of Care

Beard J., Biemba G., Brooks M. I., Costello J., Ommerborn M., Bresnahan M., Flynn D., Simon J. L.

J Int AIDS Soc. 2010 Jun; 13 Suppl 2:S6.

Improvements in Physical Wellbeing over the First Two Years on Antiretroviral Therapy in Western Kenya

Fox M. P., McCoy K., Larson B. A., Rosen S., Bii M., Sigei C., Shaffer D., Sawe F., Wasunna M., Simon J. L.

AIDS Care. 2010 Apr; 22(2):137-45.

Do the Socioeconomic Impacts of Antiretroviral Therapy Vary by Gender? A Longitudinal Study of Kenyan Agricultural Worker Employment Outcomes

Larson B. A., Fox M. P., Rosen S., Bii M., Sigei C., Shaffer D., Sawe F., McCoy K., Wasunna M., Simon J. L.

BMC Public Health. 2009 Jul; 9:240.

Vulnerability of Orphan Caregivers vs. Non-Orphan Caregivers in KwaZulu-Natal

DeSilva M. B., Beard J., Cakwe M., McCoy K., Nkosi B., Parikh A., Quinlan T., Skalicky A., Tshabangu-Soko S., Zhuwau T., Simon J.

Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care. 2008 Aug; 3(2):102 - 111.

The Outcomes and Outpatient Costs of Different Models of Antiretroviral Treatment Delivery in South Africa

Rosen S., Long L., Sanne I.

Trop Med Int Health. 2008 Jul; 13(8):1005-15.

Chloramphenicol Versus Ampicillin Plus Gentamicin for Community Acquired Very Severe Pneumonia among Children Aged 2-59 Months in Low Resource Settings: Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial (SPEAR Study)

Asghar R., Banajeh S., Egas J., Hibberd P., Iqbal I., Katep-Bwalya M., Kundi Z., Law P., MacLeod W., Maulen-Radovan I., Mino G., Saha S., Sempertegui F., Simon J., Santosham M., Singhi S., Thea D. M., Qazi S.

BMJ. 2008 Jan; 336(7635):80-4.

Ambulatory Short-Course High-Dose Oral Amoxicillin for Treatment of Severe Pneumonia in Children: A Randomised Equivalency Trial

Hazir T., Fox L. M., Nisar Y. B., Fox M. P., Ashraf Y. P., MacLeod W. B., Ramzan A., Maqbool S., Masood T., Hussain W., Murtaza A., Khawar N., Tariq P., Asghar R., Simon J. L., Thea D. M., Qazi S. A.

Lancet. 2008 Jan; 371(9606):49-56.

Early Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy on Work Performance: Preliminary Results from a Cohort Study of Kenyan Agricultural Workers

Larson B. A., Fox M. P., Rosen S., Bii M., Sigei C., Shaffer D., Sawe F., Wasunna M., Simon J. L.

AIDS. 2008 Jan; 22(3):421-5.

From Chloroquine to Artemether-Lumefantrine: The Process of Drug Policy Change in Zambia

Sipilanyambe N., Simon J. L., Chanda P., Olumese P., Snow R. W., Hamer D. H.

Malar J. 2008 Jan; 7:25.

Exploring the Cinderella Myth: Intrahousehold Differences in Child Wellbeing Between Orphans and Non-Orphans in Amajuba District, South Africa

Parikh A., DeSilva M. B., Cakwe M., Quinlan T., Simon J. L., Skalicky A., Zhuwau T.

AIDS. 2007 Dec; 21 Suppl 7:S95-S103.

Use of Evidence in WHO Recommendations

Simon J., Thea D. M.

Lancet. 2007 Sep; 370(9590):824-5; author reply 826-7.

The Private Sector and HIV/AIDS in Africa: Taking Stock of 6 years of Applied Research

Rosen S., Feeley F., Connelly P., Simon J.

AIDS. 2007 Aug; 21 Suppl 3:S41-51.

Improved Diagnostic Testing and Malaria Treatment Practices in Zambia

Hamer D. H., Ndhlovu M., Zurovac D., Fox M., Yeboah-Antwi K., Chanda P., Sipilinyambe N., Simon J. L., Snow R. W.

JAMA. 2007 May; 297(20):2227-31.

Paediatric Malaria Case-Management with Artemether-Lumefantrine in Zambia: A Repeat Cross-Sectional Study

Zurovac D., Ndhlovu M., Sipilanyambe N., Chanda P., Hamer D. H., Simon J. L., Snow R. W.

Malar J. 2007 Mar; 6:31.

Illness and Labour Productivity: A Case Study from Kenya

Rosen S., Fox M. P., Simon J.

Health, Economic Development and Household Poverty: From Understanding to Action. Bennet S., Gilson L., Mills A.. London, England: Taylor and Francis, Routledge; 2007.

HIV/AIDS and the Private Sector in Africa: Impact and Responses. Report prepared for the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa

Rosen S., Bii M., Fox M., Hamazakaza P., Larson B., Long L., and Simon J.

Boston, MA: Center for International Health and Development; 2006 Feb.

Response to Bangsberg et al., Regarding our Article ‘No Room for Complacency About Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Africa’

Gill C.J., Hamer D.H., Simon J.L., Thea D.M., Sabin L.L.

AIDS. 2006 Jan; 20(1):141-142.

Rationing Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV/AIDS in Africa: Choices and Consequences

Rosen S., Sanne I., Collier A., Simon J. L.

PLoS Med. 2005 Sep; 2(11):e303.

No Room for Complacency About Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gill C. J., Hamer D. H., Simon J. L., Thea D. M., Sabin L. L.

AIDS. 2005 Jul; 19(12):1243-9.

Plasma Zinc Concentrations are Depressed during the Acute Phase Response in Children with Falciparum Malaria

Duggan C., MacLeod W. B., Krebs N. F., Westcott J. L., Fawzi W. W., Premji Z. G., Mwanakasale V., Simon J. L., Yeboah-Antwi K., Hamer D. H.

J Nutr. 2005 Mar; 135(4):802-7.

Hard Choices: Rationing Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Rosen S., Sanne I., Collier A., Simon J. L.

Lancet. 2005 Jan; 365(9456):354-6.

Age, Temperature, and Parasitaemia Predict Chloroquine Treatment Failure and Anaemia in Children with Uncomplicated Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria

Hamer D. H., MacLeod W. B., Addo-Yobo E., Duggan C. P., Estrella B., Fawzi W. W., Konde-Lule J. K., Mwanakasale V., Premji Z. G., Sempertegui F., Ssengooba F. P., Yeboah-Antwi K., Simon J. L.

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2004 Jul; 97(4):422-8.

The Cost of HIV/AIDS to Businesses in Southern Africa

Rosen S., Vincent J. R., MacLeod W., Fox M., Thea D. M., Simon J. L.

AIDS. 2004 Apr; 18(2):317-24.

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Labour Productivity in Kenya

Fox M. P., Rosen S., MacLeod W. B., Wasunna M., Bii M., Foglia G., Simon J. L.

Trop Med Int Health. 2004 Mar; 9(3):318-24.

Knowledge for Better Health: A Conceptual Framework and Foundation for Health Research Systems

Pang T., Sadana R., Hanney S., Bhutta Z. A., Hyder A. A., Simon J.

Bull World Health Organ. 2004 Feb; 81(11):815-20.

Why do firms take action on HIV/AIDS? Evidence from Nigeria

Rosen S., Vincent J. R., MacLeod W., Thea D. M., Simon J.

Journal of Business in Developing Countries. 2004 Jan; 8(1):1-38.

Shifting the Burden: the Private Sector’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic in Africa

Rosen S., Simon J. L.

Bull World Health Organ. 2003 May; 81(2):131-7.

AIDS is Your Business

Rosen S., Simon J., Vincent J. R., MacLeod W., Fox M., Thea D. M.

Harv Bus Rev. 2003 Feb; 81(2):80-7, 125.

How Will the Reduction of Tariffs and Taxes on Insecticide- Treated Bednets Affect Household Purchases?

Simon J. L., Larson B. A., Zusman A., Rosen S.

Bull World Health Organ. 2002 Dec; 80(11):892-9.

Predictors of Hemoglobin Change from Day 0 to Day 7 in Children with Uncomplicated Falciparum Malaria: Results from a Multi-country Study. Abstract 564

MacLeod W., Hamer D.H., Addo-Yobo E., Duggan C.P., Estrella B., Fawzi W.W., Konde-Lule J.K., Mwanakasale V., Premji Z.G., Sempértegui F., Simon J.L., Ssengooba F., Yeboah-Antwi K.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 50th Annual Meeting; 2001 Nov 1; Atlanta, Georgia.

The Family Health Cycle – Creating a Context for Maternal and Child Health

Simon J., Rosen S.

Development Discussion Paper. Boston, MA: Harvard Institute for International Development; 2000.

Exchanging Debt for Health in Africa: Lessons from Ten Years of Debt-for-Development Swaps

Rosen S., Simon J., Thea D., Zeitz P.

Development Discussion Paper. Boston, MA: Harvard Institute for International Development; 1999.

Social and Economic Differentiation in the Dhaka Slums: Marital Affairs, Migratory Movements, and Family Matters.

Simon J.

D. Sc. Thesis Harvard University School of Public Health. Boston, MA: Harvard University School of Public Health; 1999.

Childhood Diarrhea in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hamer D., Simon J., Thea D., Keusch G.

Child Health Research Special Report. Cambridge, MA: Child Health Resource Consortium; 1998.

History of the HIID Health Office

Myers C., Simon J.

Assisting Development in a Changing World: The Harvard Institute for International Development. Perkins D.. Boston, MA: HIID; 1998.

The Child Survival Revolution and How it is Furthered by the Applied Research on Child Health Project

Simon J.

COHRED Newsletter: Research into Action. Geneva, Switzerland: COHRED; 1998.

Improving the Links between Research and Health Policy in Pakistan

Qazi S. A., Hibberd P., Billoo G., Simon J.

J Pak Med Assoc. 1997 Feb; 47(2):36-7.

The Health Program

Myers C., Simon J.

Assisting Development in a Changing World: The Harvard Institute for International Development. Perkins D., Pagett R., Roemer M., Snodgrass D., Stern J.. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press; 1997.

Prevalence of Anemia in Semi-Urban Areas of Peshawar, Pakistan: A Challenge for Health Professionals and Policy Makers

Paracha P. I., Hameed A., Simon J., Jamil A., Nawab G.

JPMA. 1997 Jan; 47(1):1-2.

Strengthening Child Health Research Capacity in Pakistan

Qazi S. A., Hibberd P., Billoo G., Simon J.

J Pak Med Assoc. 1997 Jan; 47(1):1-2.

Manual of Group Interview Techniques to Assess the Needs of People with AIDS

Simon J.

Global Program on AIDS. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 1995.