Kimberly M. Shea, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Kimberly Shea


Kimberly Shea, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University. Before joining the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Shea served a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and conducted laboratory-based HIV vaccine research. Dr. Shea’s research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases, especially the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and the post-licensure effectiveness of vaccination. She is currently engaged in evaluating changes in pneumococcal and meningococcal serotype distributions following the introduction of the childhood pneumococcal vaccine, the capacity of specific pneumococcal serotypes to cause disease, and several pneumococcal and meningococcal disease surveillance activities shared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Boston University. In addition, Dr. Shea is currently overseeing a collaborative project between Boston University and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate the rate of reactivation tuberculosis in the US. Dr. Shea has been involved in teaching several classes at the Boston University School of Public Health including the Introduction to Epidemiology, Intermediate Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP730
  • SPHEP749
  • SPHGH760


  • Published on 12/2/2015

    Joseph NP, Shea K, Porter CL, Walsh JP, Belizaire M, Estervine G, Perkins R. Factors Associated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Acceptance Among Haitian and African-American parents of Adolescent Sons. J Natl Med Assoc. 2015 Jun; 107(2):80-8. PMID: 27269494.

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  • Published on 12/1/2015

    Yildirim I, Shea KM, Pelton SI. Pneumococcal Disease in the Era of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2015 Dec; 29(4):679-97. PMID: 26610421.

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  • Published on 10/30/2015

    Pelton SI, Shea KM, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Braun S, Jacob C, Klok R, Gruen ES, Weycker D. Rates of pneumonia among children and adults with chronic medical conditions in Germany. BMC Infect Dis. 2015; 15:470. PMID: 26515134.

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  • Published on 7/15/2015

    Shea KM, Lash TL, Antonsen S, Jick SS, Sørensen HT. Population-based study of the association between asthma and pneumococcal disease in children. Clin Epidemiol. 2015; 7:325-34. PMID: 26203278.

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  • Published on 3/20/2015

    Pelton SI, Shea KM, Weycker D, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Edelsberg J. Rethinking risk for pneumococcal disease in adults: the role of risk stacking. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2015 Jan; 2(1):ofv020. PMID: 26034770.

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  • Published on 2/13/2015

    Shea KM. It’s Time to Take the Controversy out of Vaccination. Point of View (POV) Opinion piece for BU Today. 2015.

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  • Published on 2/2/2015

    Yildirim I, Shea KM, Little BA, Silverio AL, Pelton SI. Vaccination, underlying comorbidities, and risk of invasive pneumococcal disease. Pediatrics. 2015 Mar; 135(3):495-503. PMID: 25647674.

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  • Published on 5/27/2014

    Shea KM, Edelsberg J, Weycker D, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Pelton SI. Rates of pneumococcal disease in adults with chronic medical conditions. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2014 Mar; 1(1):ofu024. PMID: 25734097.

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  • Published on 5/13/2014

    Pelton SI, Weycker D, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Shea KM, Edelsberg J. Risk of pneumococcal disease in children with chronic medical conditions in the era of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Sep 1; 59(5):615-23. PMID: 24825867.

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  • Published on 10/18/2013

    Shea KM, Kammerer JS, Winston CA, Navin TR, Horsburgh CR. Estimated rate of reactivation of latent tuberculosis infection in the United States, overall and by population subgroup. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jan 15; 179(2):216-25. PMID: 24142915.

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