Last Name

Jennifer Beard, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4611
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-1626-7896
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and the Center for Global Health & Development and the at the Boston University School of Public Health where she oversees the writing program and teaches courses in professional and scientific writing, qualitative research, social determinants of health, and mental health. She is also a founding member of the BU Program for Global Health Storytelling -- a collaboration between BUSPH the BU College of Communication, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting -- which looks at the similarities and tensions between global health research and journalism.

Dr. Beard's research interests include the health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and highly vulnerable adults such as sex workers, drug users, and other key populations at risk for HIV. From 2010-2014, she was the principal investigator for the multi-study Ghana Operations Research for Key Populations project which entailed 9 qualitative studies focused on the HIV prevention and other needs of populations at high risk for HIV and other forms of harm. The 9 studies, done in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, looked at the HIV prevention and harm reduction needs of young female sex workers, prisoners, men who have sex with men, post-secondary female students, women who work in bars, people who inject drugs, and people living with HIV at risk of dropping out of antiretroviral therapy. She has also worked in India, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Zambia. She has co-authored academic articles in peer reviewed journals, on a wide variety of topics including the health and wellbeing of OVC, the impact of OVC programming, the vulnerabilities faced by children of sex workers and drug users, and and the urgent needs for harm reduction programs for people who inject drugs in Ghana. Though her research is now focused on global health, Jennifer remains a devoted reader of Victorian novels and is convinced that her current research interests have their roots in her passion for Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters.

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  1. Bryant M, Beard J. Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 Feb; 63(1):131-47. PMID: 26613693.
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  2. Beard J, Bryant M. Frontiers in Social Pediatrics. Patwari AK & HPS Sachdev HPS eds. Children affected by HIV and AIDS in India. Jaypee Brothers Publishers. New Delhi, India. 2016; 89-97.
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  3. Dwivedi P, Patkar P, Beard J. Necessity of Systematic HIV Disclosure in HIV-infected Families: Committed Communities Development Trusts Approach and Intervention. Indian Pediatr. 2015 May; 52(5):375-8. PMID: 26061919.
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  4. Messersmith LJ, Adjei R, Beard J, Agyarko-Poku T, Wondergem P, Falconer A, Sabin L, Adu-Sarkodie Y. Drug use and sexual behavior: the multiple HIV vulnerabilities of men and women who inject drugs in Kumasi, Ghana. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S124-30. PMID: 25723976.
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  5. Onyango MA, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Agyarko-Poku T, Asafo MK, Sylvester J, Wondergem P, Green K, Wambugu S, Brennan AT, Beard J. "It's all about making a life": poverty, HIV, violence, and other vulnerabilities faced by young female sex workers in Kumasi, Ghana. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S131-7. PMID: 25723977.
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  6. Desilva MB, Skalicky A, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Quinlan T, Simon JL. Household dynamics and socioeconomic conditions in the context of incident adolescent orphaning in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Vulnerable Child Youth Stud. 2013 Dec 01; 8(4). PMID: 24223622.
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  7. Vian T, Koseki S, Feeley FG, Beard J. Strengthening capacity for AIDS vaccine research: analysis of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013; 13:378. PMID: 24088300.
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  8. Bachman Desilva M, Skalicky AM, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Simon JL. Longitudinal evaluation of the psychosocial wellbeing of recent orphans compared with non-orphans in a school-attending cohort in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Int J Ment Health Promot. 2012 Jun; 14(3):162-182. PMID: 23457424.
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  9. Bryant M, Beard J, Sabin L, Brooks MI, Scott N, Larson BA, Biemba G, Miller C, Simon J. PEPFAR's support for orphans and vulnerable children: some beneficial effects, but too little data, and programs spread thin. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-18. PMID: 22778340.
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  10. Desilva MB, Skalicky A, Beard J, Zhuwau T, Cakwe M, Quinlan T, Simon JL. Early impacts of orphaning: Health and health behavior, food insecurity, and education in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012; 7(1):75-87.
  11. McDougal L, Beard J. Revisiting sphere: new standards of service delivery for new trends in protracted displacement. Disasters. 2011 Jan; 35(1):87-101. PMID: 20722690.
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  12. Beard J, Biemba G, Brooks MI, Costello J, Ommerborn M, Bresnahan M, Flynn D, Simon JL. Children of female sex workers and drug users: a review of vulnerability, resilience and family-centred models of care. J Int AIDS Soc. 2010; 13 Suppl 2:S6. PMID: 20573288.
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  13. Abdullah AS, Yang T, Beard J. Predictors of women's attitudes toward world health organization framework convention on tobacco control policies in urban China. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 May; 19(5):903-9. PMID: 20459330.
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  14. Rizal A, Beard J, Patwari A. Acute respiratory infection Boston university's collaborative research work in the last decade. Indian Pediatr. 2010 Jan; 47(1):19-24. PMID: 20139473.
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  15. Beard J, Feeley F, Rosen S. Economic and quality of life outcomes of antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS in developing countries: a systematic literature review. AIDS Care. 2009 Nov; 21(11):1343-56. PMID: 20024710.
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