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Mary A. Bachman DeSilva, DSc

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1260
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-6367-1870
Other Positions
TitleCenter Faculty Member
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentCenter for Global Health & Development

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2011Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching for IH811: Applied Research Methods in International Health
2004Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching for MC790: Global Maternal and Child Health
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Bachman DeSilva completed her doctorate in Demography and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where her thesis work focused on early child health and subsequent morbidity and mortality in a rural area of The Gambia. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked on a variety of health and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. At the CGHD, she provides expertise on mixed method research design, survey methodology, and statistical analysis to a variety of applied studies designed to improve child and family health. Her primary areas of research have included orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); social and economic effects of HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral (ART) treatment; and medication adherence metrics and interventions. Dr. Bachman DeSilva’s most recent work includes a mixed methods study of HIV-positive adolescent patients on ART in China, including formative research with adolescents and their caregivers and clinicians. Her interest areas include: food security, infectious disease epidemiology, child and adolescent health and nutrition, caregiver health, and chronic and mental health issues among youth and caregivers.

 Publications
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  1. Bachman Desilva M, Gifford AL, Bonawitz R, Zhong L, Zhang F, Mu W, Li Y, Lu H, Zeng X, Gill CJ, Sabin LL . 7:586. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.1000586. Real-time electronic drug monitoring (EDM) for HIV-positive adolescents: Promising acceptability and feasibility in China. Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research. 2016; 7(7):doi:10.4172/2155-6113.1000586.
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  2. Dorji G, DeJong W, Bor J, DeSilva MB, 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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 1; 8(4). PMID: 24223622.
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Desilva MB, Skalicky A, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Quinlan T, Simon J. Early impacts of orphaning: Health, nutrition, and food insecurity in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012; 7(1):75-87.
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, DeSilva MB. Characteristics of patients accessing care and treatment for HIV/AIDS at public and nongovernmental sites in South Africa. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2008 Jul-Aug; 7(4):200-7. PMID: 18626120.
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  13. Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Desilva MB. Differences in normal activities, job performance and symptom prevalence between patients not yet on antiretroviral therapy and patients initiating therapy in South Africa. AIDS. 2008 Jul; 22 Suppl 1:S131-9. PMID: 18664945.
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  14. Desilva MB, Beard J, Cakwe M, McCoy K, Nkosi B, Parikh A, Quinlan T, Skalicky A, Tshabangu-Soko A, Zhuwau T, Simon J. Vulnerability of orphan caregivers vs. non-orphan caregivers in KwaZulu-Natal. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2008; 3(2):102-111.
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  15. Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Desilva MB. Rapid improvement in normal activities, job performance, and symptom prevalence among patients initiating antiretroviral therapy in South Africa. AIDS. 2008; (suppl 1)(22):S131-39.
  16. Parikh A, Desilva MB, Cakwe M, Quinlan T, Simon JL, Skalicky A, Zhuwau T. Exploring the Cinderella myth: intrahousehold differences in child wellbeing between orphans and non-orphans in Amajuba District, South Africa. AIDS. 2007 Nov; 21 Suppl 7:S95-S103. PMID: 18040170.
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  17. Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, DeSilva MB. Cost to patients of obtaining treatment for HIV/AIDS in South Africa. S Afr Med J. 2007 Jul; 97(7):524-9. PMID: 17805455.
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  18. Connelly D, Veriava Y, Roberts S, Tsotetsi J, Jordan A, DeSilva E, Rosen S, DeSilva MB. Prevalence of HIV infection and median CD4 counts among health care workers in South Africa. S Afr Med J. 2007 Feb; 97(2):115-20. PMID: 17404672.
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