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Lora Sabin, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1272
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-2782-542X
Other Positions
TitleCenter Faculty Member
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCenter for Global Health & Development

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
1990-1991Harvard University: Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship
1991-1992Committee on Scholarly Communication with the PRC: National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China
1993-1994Harvard University: Graduate Fellowship
2011-2012Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching Award
2012-2013Boston University School of Public Health : Teaching Award
2014-2015Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

 Publications
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  1. Jonnalagadda S, Rodríguez O, Estrella B, Sabin LL, Sempértegui F, Hamer DH. Etiology of severe pneumonia in Ecuadorian children. PLoS One. 2017; 12(2):e0171687. PMID: 28182741.
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  2. Brooks MI, Thabrany H, Fox MP, Wirtz VJ, Feeley FG, Sabin LL. Health facility and skilled birth deliveries among poor women with Jamkesmas health insurance in Indonesia: a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Feb 02; 17(1):105. PMID: 28148258.
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  3. Gill CJ, Le Ngoc B, Halim N, Nguyen Viet H, Larson Williams A, Nguyen Van T, McNabb M, Tran Thi Ngoc L, Falconer A, An Phan Ha H, Rohr J, Hoang H, Michiel J, Nguyen Thi Thanh T, Bird L, Pham Vu H, Yeshitla M, Ha Van N, Sabin L. 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. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0166293. PMID: 27861516.
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  4. 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. The role of motivation in predicting HIV adherence in China. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016; (Epub):1-10.
  5. DeSilva MB, Gifford AL, Bonawitz R, Zhong L, Zhang F, Mu W, Li Y, Lu H, Zeng X, Gill CJ, Sabin LL. Real-Time Electronic Drug Monitoring for HIV-Positive Adolescents: Promising Acceptability and Feasibility in China. J AIDS Clin Res. 2016; 586(7).
  6. Lawrence JJ, Yeboah-Antwi K, Biemba G, Ram PK, Osbert N, Sabin LL, Hamer DH. Beliefs, Behaviors, and Perceptions of Community-Led Total Sanitation and Their Relation to Improved Sanitation in Rural Zambia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Mar; 94(3):553-62. PMID: 26787149.
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  7. Dorji G, DeJong W, Bor J, Bachman DeSilva M, Sabin L, Feeley FR, Udon P, Wangchuk N, Wangdi U, Choden T, Gurung MS, Chogyel T, Wangchuk D, Kypri K. Increasing compliance with alcohol service laws in a developing country: intervention trial in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Addiction. 2016 Mar; 111(3):467-74. PMID: 26476020.
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  8. Gill CJ, DeSilva MB, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Wilson IB, Sabin L. Novel Approaches for Visualizing and Analyzing Dose-Timing Data from Electronic Drug Monitors, or "How the 'Broken Window' Theory Pertains to ART Adherence". AIDS Behav. 2015 Nov; 19(11):2057-68. PMID: 25893658.
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  9. Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, Zhong L, Vian T, Xie W, Cheng F, Xu K, Lan G, Haberer JE, Bangsberg DR, Li Y, Lu H, Gifford AL. Improving Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy With Triggered Real-time Text Message Reminders: The China Adherence Through Technology Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Aug 15; 69(5):551-9. PMID: 25886927.
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  10. Wylie BJ, Singh MP, Coull BA, Quinn A, Yeboah-Antwi K, Sabin L, Hamer DH, Singh N, MacLeod WB. Association between wood cooking fuel and maternal hypertension at delivery in central East India. Hypertens Pregnancy. 2015; 34(3):355-68. PMID: 26153626.
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  11. Jacobson KR, Sabin LL. Scaling up multidrug-resistant tuberculosis care in China. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Apr; 3(4):e183-4. PMID: 25794667.
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  12. 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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  13. Sempértegui F, Estrella B, Rodríguez O, Gómez D, Cabezas M, Salgado G, Sabin LL, Hamer DH. Zinc as an adjunct to the treatment of severe pneumonia in Ecuadorian children: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Mar; 99(3):497-505. PMID: 24429536.
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  14. Wylie BJ, Coull BA, Hamer DH, Singh MP, Jack D, Yeboah-Antwi K, Sabin L, Singh N, MacLeod WB. Impact of biomass fuels on pregnancy outcomes in central East India. Environ Health. 2014; 13(1):1. PMID: 24405644.
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  15. Bachman Desilva M, Gifford AL, Keyi X, Li Z, Feng C, Brooks M, Harrold M, Yueying H, Gill CJ, Wubin X, Vian T, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Sabin L. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Real-Time Adherence Device among HIV-Positive IDU Patients in China. AIDS Res Treat. 2013; 2013:957862. PMID: 23956851.
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  16. Messersmith LJ, Semrau K, Anh TL, Trang NN, Hoa DM, Eifler K, Sabin L. Women living with HIV in Vietnam: desire for children, use of sexual and reproductive health services, and advice from providers. Reprod Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39 Suppl):27-38. PMID: 23177678.
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  17. Vian T, Semrau K, Hamer DH, Loan le TT, Sabin LL. HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Behaviors Among Most-at-Risk Populations in Vietnam. Open AIDS J. 2012; 6:259-65. PMID: 23173025.
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  18. Singh N, Singh MP, Wylie BJ, Hussain M, Kojo YA, Shekhar C, Sabin L, Desai M, Udhayakumar V, Hamer DH. Malaria prevalence among pregnant women in two districts with differing endemicity in Chhattisgarh, India. Malar J. 2012; 11:274. PMID: 22882903.
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  19. 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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  20. Duc HA, Sabin LL, Cuong le Q, Thien DD, Feeley R. Potential collaboration with the private sector for the provision of ambulatory care in the Mekong region, Vietnam. Glob Health Action. 2012; 5. PMID: 22548036.
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  21. Sabin LL, Knapp AB, MacLeod WB, Phiri-Mazala G, Kasimba J, Hamer DH, Gill CJ. Costs and cost-effectiveness of training traditional birth attendants to reduce neonatal mortality in the Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival study (LUNESP). PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35560. PMID: 22545117.
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  22. Hamer DH, Brooks ET, Semrau K, Pilingana P, MacLeod WB, Siazeele K, Sabin LL, Thea DM, Yeboah-Antwi K. Quality and safety of integrated community case management of malaria using rapid diagnostic tests and pneumonia by community health workers. Pathog Glob Health. 2012 Mar; 106(1):32-9. PMID: 22595272.
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  23. Sabin L, Tsoka M, Brooks MI, Miller C. Measuring vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children in rural Malawi: validation study of the Child Status Index tool. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Sep 1; 58(1):e1-10. PMID: 21654501.
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  24. Gill CJ, Phiri-Mazala G, Guerina NG, Kasimba J, Mulenga C, MacLeod WB, Waitolo N, Knapp AB, Mirochnick M, Mazimba A, Fox MP, Sabin L, Seidenberg P, Simon JL, Hamer DH. Effect of training traditional birth attendants on neonatal mortality (Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project): randomised controlled study. BMJ. 2011; 342:d346. PMID: 21292711.
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  25. Yeboah-Antwi K, Pilingana P, Macleod WB, Semrau K, Siazeele K, Kalesha P, Hamainza B, Seidenberg P, Mazimba A, Sabin L, Kamholz K, Thea DM, Hamer DH. Community case management of fever due to malaria and pneumonia in children under five in Zambia: a cluster randomized controlled trial. PLoS Med. 2010 Sep; 7(9):e1000340. PMID: 20877714.
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  26. Wylie BJ, Hashmi AH, Singh N, Singh MP, Tuchman J, Hussain M, Sabin L, Yeboah-Antwi K, Banerjee C, Brooks MI, Desai M, Udhayakumar V, Macleod WB, Dash AP, Hamer DH. Availability and utilization of malaria prevention strategies in pregnancy in eastern India. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10:557. PMID: 20849590.
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  27. Sabin LL, Rizal A, Brooks MI, Singh MP, Tuchman J, Wylie BJ, Joyce KM, Yeboah-Antwi K, Singh N, Hamer DH. Attitudes, knowledge, and practices regarding malaria prevention and treatment among pregnant women in Eastern India. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Jun; 82(6):1010-6. PMID: 20519593.
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  28. Sabin LL, DeSilva MB, Hamer DH, Xu K, Zhang J, Li T, Wilson IB, Gill CJ. Using electronic drug monitor feedback to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive patients in China. AIDS Behav. 2010 Jun; 14(3):580-9. PMID: 19771504.
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  29. Hamer DH, Singh MP, Wylie BJ, Yeboah-Antwi K, Tuchman J, Desai M, Udhayakumar V, Gupta P, Brooks MI, Shukla MM, Awasthy K, Sabin L, MacLeod WB, Dash AP, Singh N. Burden of malaria in pregnancy in Jharkhand State, India. Malar J. 2009; 8:210. PMID: 19728882.
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  30. Gill CJ, Sabin LL, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Jianbo Z, Li T, Wu WJ, Wilson IB, Desilva MB. Importance of dose timing to achieving undetectable viral loads. AIDS Behav. 2010 Aug; 14(4):785-93. PMID: 19353263.
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  31. Sabin LL, Desilva MB, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Yue Y, Wen F, Tao L, Heggenhougen HK, Seton L, Wilson IB, Gill CJ. Barriers to adherence to antiretroviral medications among patients living with HIV in southern China: a qualitative study. AIDS Care. 2008 Nov; 20(10):1242-50. PMID: 19012083.
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  32. Gill CJ, Hamer DH, Simon JL, Thea DM, Sabin LL. No room for complacency about adherence to antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS. 2005 Aug 12; 19(12):1243-9. PMID: 16052078.
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  33. Gill CJ, Sabin L, Schmid CH. Why clinicians are natural bayesians. BMJ. 2005 May 7; 330(7499):1080-3. PMID: 15879401.
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  34. Gill CJ, Sabin LL, Tham J, Hamer DH. Reconsidering empirical cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for infants exposed to HIV infection. Bull World Health Organ. 2004 Apr; 82(4):290-7. PMID: 15259258.
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