Katherine E. Semrau, PhD

Assistant Professor, Global Health
Katherine Semrau
(617) 414-1276ksemrau@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT382
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Biography

Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH, has over 11 years of experience in the fields of HIV prevention, child mortality, and epidemiology. She is currently Assistant Professor of International Health and Director of the International Research Coordinating Center (IRCC). The IRCC provides study design, data management, and data analysis services for the Center for Global Health & Development at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Semrau’s research focuses on HIV-infected pregnant women, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and prevention of child mortality. As the co-Principal Investigator of the Zambia Chlorhexidine Application Trial (ZamCAT), she leads the epidemiology and data analysis team for this cluster randomized control trial of 42,000 births in Southern Province, Zambia. As a team member of the Zambia Exclusive Breastfeeding Study, she lived in Zambia for over 3 years running the study laboratory and coordinating all enrollment, data collection and data management activities. She then returned to the U.S. and collaborated on multiple manuscripts from ZEBS and worked on qualitative projects examining HIV ARV access in Zambia and services for street children in the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Semrau’s dissertation research focused on breast problems, including mastitis and abscess, and HIV in HIV-infected women in Zambia. Her current interests include service delivery of PMTCT in Zambia and OVC care in Namibia/Ethiopia, prevention of child mortality, and clinical trials. Dr. Semrau has a PhD in epidemiology from Boston University and an MPH in international health and epidemiology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Other Positions

  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health

Education

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, MPH
  • George Washington University, BS
  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD

Publications

  • Published on 12/7/2016

    Semrau KE, Hirschhorn LR, Kodkany B, Spector JM, Tuller DE, King G, Lipsitz S, Sharma N, Singh VP, Kumar B, Dhingra-Kumar N, Firestone R, Kumar V, Gawande AA. Effectiveness of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist program in reducing severe maternal, fetal, and newborn harm in Uttar Pradesh, India: study protocol for a matched-pair, cluster-randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Dec 07; 17(1):576. PMID: 27923401.

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  • Published on 9/29/2016

    Semrau KE, Herlihy J, Grogan C, Musokotwane K, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mbewe R, Banda B, Mpamba C, Hamomba F, Pilingana P, Zulu A, Chanda-Kapata P, Biemba G, Thea DM, MacLeod WB, Simon JL, Hamer DH. Effectiveness of 4% chlorhexidine umbilical cord care on neonatal mortality in Southern Province, Zambia (ZamCAT): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Nov; 4(11):e827-e836. PMID: 27693439.

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  • Published on 8/30/2016

    Baqui AH, Mitra DK, Begum N, Hurt L, Soremekun S, Edmond K, Kirkwood B, Bhandari N, Taneja S, Mazumder S, Nisar MI, Jehan F, Ilyas M, Ali M, Ahmed I, Ariff S, Soofi SB, Sazawal S, Dhingra U, Dutta A, Ali SM, Ame SM, Semrau K, Hamomba FM, Grogan C, Hamer DH, Bahl R, Yoshida S, Manu A. Neonatal mortality within 24 hours of birth in six low- and lower-middle-income countries. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Oct 01; 94(10):752-758B. PMID: 27843165.

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  • Published on 12/1/2015

    Molina G, Weiser TG, Lipsitz SR, Esquivel MM, Uribe-Leitz T, Azad T, Shah N, Semrau K, Berry WR, Gawande AA, Haynes AB. Relationship Between Cesarean Delivery Rate and Maternal and Neonatal Mortality. JAMA. 2015 Dec 1; 314(21):2263-70. PMID: 26624825.

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  • Published on 12/1/2015

    Herlihy JM, Hamomba L, Bonawitz R, Goggin CE, Sambambi K, Mwale J, Musonda V, Musokatwane K, Hopkins KL, Semrau K, Hammond EE, Duncan J, Knapp AB, Thea DM. Implementation and Operational Research: Integration of PMTCT and Antenatal Services Improves Combination Antiretroviral Therapy Uptake for HIV-Positive Pregnant Women in Southern Zambia: A Prototype for Option B+? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Dec 1; 70(4):e123-9. PMID: 26181813.

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  • Published on 11/13/2015

    Hurst TE, Semrau K, Patna M, Gawande A, Hirschhorn LR. Demand-side interventions for maternal care: evidence of more use, not better outcomes. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015; 15:297. PMID: 26566812.

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  • Published on 4/26/2015

    Molina G, Esquivel MM, Uribe-Leitz T, Lipsitz SR, Azad T, Shah N, Semrau K, Berry WR, Gwande AA, Weiser TG, Haynes AB. Avoidable maternal and neonatal deaths associated with improving access to caesarean delivery in countries with low caesarean delivery rates: an ecological modelling analysis. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27; 385 Suppl 2:S33. PMID: 26313081.

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  • Published on 4/16/2015

    Michalopoulos LT, Murray LK, Kane JC, Skavenski van Wyk S, Chomba E, Cohen J, Imasiku M, Semrau K, Unick J, Bolton PA. Testing the validity and reliability of the shame questionnaire among sexually abused girls in Zambia. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0123820. PMID: 25879658.

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  • Published on 2/2/2015

    Hamer DH, Herlihy JM, Musokotwane K, Banda B, Mpamba C, Mwangelwa B, Pilingana P, Thea DM, Simon JL, Yeboah-Antwi K, Grogan C, Semrau KE. 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. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Mar; 92(3):666-72. PMID: 25646254.

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  • Published on 10/27/2014

    Yeboah-Antwi K, Hamer DH, Semrau K, Waltensperger KZ, Snetro-Plewman G, Kambikambi C, Sakala A, Filumba S, Sichamba B, Marsh DR. Can a community health worker and a trained traditional birth attendant work as a team to deliver child health interventions in rural Zambia? BMC Health Serv Res. 2014; 14:516. PMID: 25344701.

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