Mary Bachman-DeSilva

Assistant Professor, Global Health

Harvard School of Public Health, ScD, SM
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, MS

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT394
  • Phone: 617-414-1260
  • Email: marybd@bu.edu

Biography

Mary Bachman-DeSilva, MS, SM, ScD, is Assistant Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health, where she has taught courses in demography and provides expertise in survey methodology and research design to a variety of CGHD projects. Over the past 15 years, she has worked on numerous health and development projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on francophone West Africa and South Africa. At the CGHD, from 2002 to 2007, she oversaw an NIH-funded longitudinal study of orphan welfare in the Amajuba District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. More recently, she has worked in China and Vietnam on adherence to antiretroviral therapy and the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS. Her current research interests include the socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS, adherence, demography, infectious disease epidemiology, maternal and child health, and nutrition in developing countries. She holds an ScD and an SM from the Harvard School of Public Health, an MS in foreign service from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Projects

Publications

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Characteristics of Patients Accessing Care and Treatment for HIV/AIDS at Public and Nongovernmental Sites in South Africa

Rosen S., Ketlhapile M., Sanne I., DeSilva M. B.

J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic Ill). 2008 Jul; 7(4):200-7.

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.

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.

Cost to Patients of Obtaining Treatment for HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Rosen S., Ketlhapile M., Sanne I., DeSilva M. B.

S Afr Med J. 2007 Sep; 97(7):524-9.

Prevalence of HIV Infection and Median CD4 Counts among Health Care Workers in South Africa

Connelly D., Veriava Y., Roberts S., Tsotetsi J., Jordan A., DeSilva E., Rosen S., DeSilva M. B.

S Afr Med J. 2007 Apr; 97(2):115-20.