Lora Sabin

Associate Professor, Global Health

Harvard University, PhD, MA

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT388
  • Phone: 617-414-1272
  • Email: lsabin@bu.edu

Biography

Lora teaches courses in health economics, antiretroviral therapy management, and individual, community and population health for MPH and DrPH students and conducts research in behavioral issues and applied economics related to child health and welfare, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Her current and recent projects include: assessing the feasibility and acceptability of using real-time monitoring of HIV treatment adherence and the potential to use such monitoring to provide triggered reminders and data-supported counseling to pregnant and post-partum women in Uganda; a rigorous evaluation of using passive and active text messaging to improve knowledge and support continuing medical education among community-based community health workers in Vietnam; a trial to assess the impact of real-time feedback to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive individuals in China; exploratory studies of injection-drug users and men who engage in transactional sex among men who have sex with men in Ghana; studies assessing the attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors related to malaria prevention and treatment among pregnant women in East and Central India; a validation study of the Child Status Index in Malawi; and a cost-effectiveness study of a package of neonatal interventions designed to reduce neonatal mortality in rural Zambia. Dr. Sabin frequently teaches in executive and professional training programs based in the US (Harvard University, Duke University) and was a member of the core faculty of the Vietnam AIDS Policy and Planning Project, a training program designed to strengthen the response to the HIV epidemic for local and national government officials in Vietnam. Before joining the BUSPH, Lora worked in the Asia Public Policy Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard Institute for International Development. While there, she served as the Academic Director of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, a Harvard-managed academic center in Ho Chi Minh City, from 1998-2001. Lora has lived in East Asia for ten years and has taught at universities and academic centers in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She holds a MA in East Asian Studies and PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Projects

Publications

The mCME Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Intervention for Improving Medical Knowledge among Vietnamese Community Based Physicians’ Assistants

Christopher J. Gill , Bao Le Ngoc, Nafisa Halim, Ha Nguyen Viet, Anna Larson Williams, Tan Nguyen Van, Marion McNabb, Lien Tran Thi Ngoc, Ariel Falconer, Hai An Phan Ha, Julia Rohr, Hai Hoang, James Michiel, Tam Nguyen Thi Thanh, Liat Bird, Hoang Pham Vu, Mahlet Yeshitla, Nhu Ha Van, Lora Sabin

PLOS ONE |. 2016 Nov; 1-19.

The role of motivation in predicting antiretroviral therapy adherence in China

Taryn Vian, Mary Bachman DeSilva, Howard J Cabral, Geoffrey C Williams, Allen L Gifford, Li Zhong, Wubin Xie, Christopher J Gill and Lora L Sabin

Journal of Health Psychology. 2016 Oct;.

Beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions of community-led total sanitation and their relation to improved sanitation in rural Zambia

J. Joseph Lawrence, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Godfrey Biemba, Pavani K. Ram, Nicolas Osbert, Lora L. Sabin and Davidson H. Hamer

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Jan;.

Association between wood cooking fuel and maternal hypertension at delivery in central East India

Blair J. Wylie, Mrigendra P. Singh, Brent A. Coull, Ashlinn Quinn, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Lora Sabin, Davidson H. Hamer, Neeru Singh, and William B. MacLeod

Hypertens Pregnancy. 2015 Jul; 1-14.

Improving Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy With Triggered Real-time Text Message Reminders: The China Adherence Through Technology Study

Lora L. Sabin, MA, PhD; Mary Bachman DeSilva, MS, ScD; Christopher J. Gill, MS, MD; Li Zhong, MA; Taryn Vian, PhD; Wubin Xie, MPH; Feng Cheng, MPH, MD; Keyi Xu, MD; Guanghua Lan, MD; Jessica E. Haberer, MD; David R. Bangsberg, MD; Yongzhen Li, MD; Hongyan Lu, MD; and Allen L. Gifford, MD

Clinical Science. 2015 Jul; 69(5):551-559.

Drug Use and Sexual Behavior: The Multiple HIV Vulnerabilities of Men and Women Who Inject Drugs in Kumasi, Ghana

Lisa J. Messersmith, Rose Adjei, Jennifer Beard, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Peter Wondergem, Ariel Falconer, Lora Sabin, and Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

JAIDS. 2015 Mar; 68(Supplement 2):S69-S252.

HIV Vulnerability of Men and Women Who Inject Drugs in Kumasi, Ghana

Lisa Messersmith, Jennifer Beard, Rose Adjei, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Dana Longobardi, Ariel Falconer, Lora Sabin & Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2014 Jul.

The Ghana Retention on ART Study (ROARS): Keeping HIV-positive Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy

Lora Sabin, Dana Longobardi, Thomas Agyarko Poku, Allyssa Abacan, Mya Myint Zu Kyaw, Ariel Falconer, Mabel Kissiwah Asafo, Lisa Messersmith, Jennifer Beard, and Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2014 Jul.

Zinc as an adjunct to the treatment of severe pneumonia in Ecuadorian children: a randomized controlled trial

Sempértegui F, Estrella B, Rodríguez O, Gómez D, Cabezas M, Salgado G, Sabin LL, Hamer DH

Am J Clin Nutr.. 2014 Mar;.

Impact of biomass fuels on pregnancy outcomes in central East India

Wylie BJ, Coull BA, Hamer DH, Singh MP, Jack D, Yeboah-Antwi K, Sabin L, Singh N, MacLeod WB

Environ Health.. 2014 Jan; 13(1).

Attitudes and behaviors among older MSM in Ghana

Lora Sabin, Yaw Adu‐Sarkodie, Thomas Agyarko‐Poku, Paul Ashigbie, Danielle Hollenbeck‐Pringle, Mary Bachman DeSilva, Kimberly Green, Sam Wambugu, Yussif Ahmed Abdul Rahman, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, and Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Sep.

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.

Exploring the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of MSM engaged in substance use and transactional sex in Ghana

Jennifer Beard, Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Ivan Busulwa, Abanish Rizal, Mohammed Brooks, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Mar.

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Real-Time Adherence Device among HIV-Positive IDU Patients in China

Mary B. DeSilva, Allen L. Gifford, Xu Keyi, Zhong Li, Cheng Feng, Mohamad Brooks, Mark Harrold, Hu Yueying, Christopher J. Gill, Xie Wubin, Taryn Vian, Jessica Haberer, David Bangsberg, and Lora Sabin

AIDS Research and Treatment. 2013 Jan; 2013:1-6.

Women living with HIV in Vietnam: desire for children, use of sexual and reproductive health services, and advice from providers

Lisa J. Messersmith, Katherine Semrau, Tran Lan Anh, Nguyen Nguyen Nhu Trang, Dao Mai Hoa, Kristin Eifler and Lora Sabin

Reproductive Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39):27-38.

Per Diem Policy Analysis Toolkit

Taryn Vian and Lora Sabin

Norway: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre; 2012 Dec.

HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Behaviors Among Most-at-Risk Populations in Vietnam

Taryn Vian, Katherine Semrau, Davidson H. Hamer, Le Thi Thanh Loan and Lora L. Sabin

The Open AIDS Journal. 2012 Nov; 6:259-265.

Malaria prevalence among pregnant women in two districts with differing endemicity in Chhattisgarh, India

Neeru Singh, Mrigendra P Singh, Blair J Wylie, Mobassir Hussain, Yeboah A Kojo, Chander Shekhar, Lora Sabin, Meghna Desai, V Udhayakumar and Davidson H Hamer  

Malaria Journal. 2012 Sep; 11(274):1-14.

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.

Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of Training Traditional Birth Attendants to Reduce Neonatal Mortality in the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Study (LUNESP)

Lora L. Sabin, Anna B. Knapp, William B. MacLeod, Grace Phiri-Mazala, Joshua Kasimba, Davidson H. Hamer & Christopher J. Gill

PLoS ONE. 2012 Apr; 7(4):1-10.

Quality and safety of integrated community case management of malaria using rapid diagnostic tests and pneumonia by community health workers

Davidson H. Hamer, Erin Twohig Brooks, Katherine Semrau, Portipher Pilingana, William B. MacLeod, Kazungu Siazeele, Lora L. Sabin, Donald M. Thea, & Kojo Yeboah-Antwi

Pathogens and Global Health. 2012 Mar; 106(1):32-39.

Evaluation of the Child Status Index Tool: A Validation Study in Malawi

Miller C., Sabin L., Brooks B., Tsoka M., Rybasack H.

Boston University School of Public Health, 801 Crosstown Ave., Boston, MA 02118: USAID, BU OVC-Care Project; 2011 Oct.

Measuring Vulnerability Among Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Rural Malawi: Validation Study of the Child Status Index Tool

Sabin L., Tsoka M., Brooks M.I., Miller C.

Journal of Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome. 2011 Sep; 58(1):e1-e10.

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;.

Availability and Utilization of Malaria Prevention Strategies in Pregnancy in Eastern India

Wylie B.J., Hashmi A.H., Singh N., Singh M.P., Tuchman J., Hussain M., Sabin L., Yeboah-Antwi K., Banerjee C., Brooks M.I., Desai M., Udhayakumar V., Macleod W.B., Dash A.P., Hamer D.H.

BMC Public Health. 2010 Sep; 10(1):557.

Community Case Management of Fever Due to Malaria and Pneumonia in Children Under Five in Zambia: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilingana P., Macleod W.B., Semrau K., Siazeele K., Kalesha P., Hamainza B., Seidenberg P., Mazimba A., Sabin L., Kamholz K., Thea D.M., Hamer D.H.

PLoS Med. 2010 Sep; 7(9).

Attitudes, Knowledge, and Practices Regarding Malaria Prevention and Treatment Among Pregnant Women in Eastern India

Sabin L. L., Rizal A., Brooks M. I., Singh M. P., Tuchman J., Wylie B. J., Joyce K. M., Yeboah-Antwi K., Singh N., Hamer D. H.

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Jun; 82(6):1010-6.

Reducing Neonatal Mortality in Rural Zambia with Traditional Birth Attendants, a Cluster Randomized Trial: The Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project (LUNESP)

Gill C.J., Mazala G., Guerina N., Kasimba J., Knapp A., Mulenga C., MacLeod W.B., Mazimba A., Mirochnick M., Sabin L., Seidenberg P., Hamer D.H.

Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; 2010 May 1; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Effectiveness of NRP Adapted for Use by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in Rural Zambia: the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project (LUNESP)

Guerina N., Mazala G., Kasimba J., Mulenga C., Knapp A., Mirochnick M., MacLeod W.B., Mazimba A., Sabin L., Seidenberg P., Hamer D.H., Gill C.J.

Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting; 2010 May 1; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in Areas with Stable and Unstable Malaria Transmission in Chhattisgarh, India. Abstract 900

Singh N., Singh M.P., Shukla M.M., Hussain M., Dash A.P., Wylie B.J., Yeboah-Antwi K., Sabin L., Udhayakumar V., Desai M., Hamer D.H.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2009 Nov 1; Washington, DC.

Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in Women Presenting to Delivery Units in Areas with Stable and Unstable Malaria Transmission in Chhattisgarh, India. Abstract 666

Singh N., Singh M.P., Wylie B.J., Shukla M.M., Hussain M., Dash A.P., Yeboah-Antwi K., Sabin L., Udhayakumar V., Desai M., Hamer D.H.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2009 Nov 1; Washington, DC.

Management of Pneumonia and Malaria at the Community Level in Zambia. Abstract 732

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilingana P., MacLeod W.B., Semrau K., Siazeele K., Kalesha P., Hamainza B., Mtonga E., Chanda P., Sabin L., Kamholz K., Twohig E., Thea D.M., Hamer D.H.

58th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2009 Nov 1; Washington, DC.

Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in Jharkhand State, India

Hamer D. H., Singh M. P., Wylie B. J., Yeboah-Antwi K., Tuchman J., Desai M., Udhayakumar V., Gupta P., Brooks M. I., Shukla M. M., Awasthy K., Sabin L., MacLeod W. B., Dash A. P., Singh N.

Malar J. 2009 Sep; 8:210.

Using Electronic Drug Monitor Feedback to Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy among HIV-Positive Patients in China

Sabin L. L., DeSilva M. B., Hamer D. H., Xu K., Zhang J., Li T., Wilson I. B., Gill C. J.

AIDS Behav. 2009 Sep; 14(3):580-9.

Zambia Integrated Management of Malaria and Pneumonia Study

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilangana P., Semrau K., Siazelee K., MacLeod W.B., Kalesha P., Hamainza B., Sabin L.L., Kamholz K., Chanda P., Seidenberg P., Mazimba A., Hamer D.H.

5th National Health Research Conference in Lusaka, Zambia; 2009 Sep 1; Lusaka, Zambia.

Importance of Dose Timing to Achieving Undetectable Viral Loads

Gill C. J., Sabin L. L., Hamer D. H., Keyi X., Jianbo Z., Li T., Wu W. J., Wilson I. B., Desilva M. B.

AIDS Behav. 2009 Apr; 14(4):785-93.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Short Report

Sabin L., Hamer D., Vian T., DeSilva M. B., Lawrence D., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Beard J.

Hanoi, Vietnam: PEPFAR; 2009.

Evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Report on Findings

Sabin L., Vian T., Hamer D. H., Beard J., Le Thi Thanh L., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Hammett T., Lawrence D. A., DeSilva M. B.

Evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam. Hanoi: USAID; 2009.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Report on Findings, 2008

Sabin L., Vian T., Hamer D. H., Beard J., Loan L. T. T., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Hammett T., Lawrence D., DeSilva M.B.

Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam. Hanoi: PEPFAR Vietnam; 2009.

Management of Malaria and Pneumonia at the Community Level in Zambia. Abstract LB 2213

Yeboah-Antwi K., Pilangana P., MacLeod W.B., Siazeele K., Mtonga E., Chanda P., Sabin L., Kamholz K., Thea D.M., Hamer D.H.

57th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; 2008 Dec 1; New Orleans, LA.

Barriers to Adherence to Antiretroviral Medications Among Patients Living with HIV in Southern China: a Qualitative Study

Sabin L. L., Desilva M. B., Hamer D. H., Keyi X., Yue Y., Wen F., Tao L., Heggenhougen H. K., Seton L., Wilson I. B., Gill C. J.

AIDS Care. 2008 Nov; 20(10):1242-50.

Evaluation of Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-Funded Community Outreach HIV Prevention Programs in Vietnam: Final Report

Sabin L., Hamer D. H., Vian T., DeSilva M.B., Lawrence D., McCoy K., Tuchman J., Loan L. T. T., Hammett T.

Boston, MA: BUSPH, Center for International Health and Development; 2008.

The Development Impacts of HIV

Sabin L., Miller C.

The companion to development studies. Desai Vandana, Potter Robert B.. London: Hodder Education; 2008.

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.

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.

Why Clinicians are Natural Bayesians

Gill C. J., Sabin L., Schmid C. H.

BMJ. 2005 May; 330(7499):1080-3.

Reconsidering Empirical Cotrimoxazole Prophylaxis for Infants Exposed to HIV Infection

Gill C. J., Sabin L. L., Tham J., Hamer D. H.

Bull World Health Organ. 2004 Jul; 82(4):290-7.

People’s Republic of China: Economic Performance and Prospects

Gang F., Perkins D. H., Sabin L.

Asian Development Review. 1997 Jun; 15(2):43-85.