Abby Rudolph, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health

Dr. Abby E. Rudolph is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist whose research incorporates social network and spatial approaches to better understand the independent and combined influence of individual, network (sociometric and egocentric), and environmental (built and social) factors on disease transmission dynamics, recruitment patterns, risk behaviors, and health service use among marginalized populations.

She received her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2007 and her PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. Her dissertation evaluated respondent-driven sampling (RDS) with respect to its assumptions and the potential for biased measures. Since defending her dissertation, she has implemented and evaluated RDS studies conducted in a variety of different study populations and settings, including people who use drugs (PWUD), people who inject drugs (PWID), and men who have sex with men (MSM). She has also consulted on the analyses of several other projects that used RDS and other network-based recruitment strategies in Baltimore, California, New York City, Appalachia, Mexico, Lithuania, Malawi, Vietnam, and Thailand.

2017-2017 Boston University : Emerging Health Care Leaders Program (2017)
2014-2016 Fordham University: Fordham HIV & Substance Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Fellow
2013 Annals of Epidemiology: Best Paper in the 2013 Annals of Epidemiology
2012-2016 National Institute of Health: NIH Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient
2012 National Institute of Health: Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research Fellow
2012 Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Ranked among the top 5% of reviewers for Drug and Alcohol Dependence
2010 Johns Hopkins University: Student Travel Support Fund in the Department of Epidemiology
2008-2011 Johns Hopkins University: Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training (DDET) Program Fellow
2005-2007 Columbia University: Public Health Leadership Award

Combining social network, spatial, and phylogenetic approaches to identify new HIV infections
02/15/2017 - 01/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

The impact of environmental and physiological factors on sexual assault and HIV
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
University of California, San Diego NIH NICHD

HIV and Substance Abuse Epidemiology among IDUs: Structural and Network Risk
12/05/2015 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Training Program in HIV Prevention Research Ethics
12/04/2015 - 03/31/2016 (PI)
Fordham University NIH NIDA

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Algarin AB, Ward PJ, Christian WJ, Rudolph AE, Holloway IW, Young AM. Spatial Distribution of Partner-Seeking Men Who Have Sex With Men Using Geosocial Networking Apps: Epidemiologic Study. J Med Internet Res. 2018 May 31; 20(5):e173. PMID: 29853441.
  2. Young AM, Rudolph AE, Havens JR. Network-Based Research on Rural Opioid Use: an Overview of Methods and Lessons Learned. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 Apr; 15(2):113-119. PMID: 29457200.
  3. Rudolph A, Tobin K, Rudolph J, Latkin C. Web-Based Survey Application to Collect Contextually Relevant Geographic Data With Exposure Times: Application Development and Feasibility Testing. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2018 Jan 19; 4(1):e12. PMID: 29351899.
  4. Rudolph AE, Young AM, Havens JR. Examining the Social Context of Injection Drug Use: Social Proximity to Persons Who Inject Drugs Versus Geographic Proximity to Persons Who Inject Drugs. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Oct 15; 186(8):970-978. PMID: 28535162; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwx162;.
  5. Crawford ND, Ford C, Rudolph A, Kim B, Lewis CM. Drug use Discrimination Predicts Formation of High-Risk Social Networks: Examining Social Pathways of Discrimination. AIDS Behav. 2017 Sep; 21(9):2659-2669. PMID: 28025736; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-016-1639-8;.
  6. Rudolph AE, Young AM, Havens JR. A rural/urban comparison of privacy and confidentiality concerns associated with providing sensitive location information in epidemiologic research involving persons who use drugs. Addict Behav. 2017 Nov; 74:106-111. PMID: 28609723; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.06.006;.
  7. Rudolph AE, Crawford ND, Latkin C, Lewis CF. Multiplex Relationships and HIV: Implications for Network-Based Interventions. AIDS Behav. 2017 Apr; 21(4):1219-1227. PMID: 27272657; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-016-1454-2;.
  8. Young AM, Rudolph AE, Su AE, King L, Jent S, Havens JR. Accuracy of name and age data provided about network members in a social network study of people who use drugs: implications for constructing sociometric networks. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Nov; 26(11):802-809. PMID: 28126091; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.09.010;.
  9. Rudolph AE, Bazzi AR, Fish S. Ethical considerations and potential threats to validity for three methods commonly used to collect geographic information in studies among people who use drugs. Addict Behav. 2016 10; 61:84-90.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27249807; PMCID: PMC4922643; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.05.014;.
  10. Crawford ND, Dean T, Rivera AV, Guffey T, Amesty S, Rudolph A, DeCuir J, Fuller CM. Pharmacy Intervention to Improve HIV Testing Uptake Using a Comprehensive Health Screening Approach. Public Health Rep. 2016 Jan-Feb; 131 Suppl 1:139-46. PMID: 26862239; PMCID: PMC4720615.
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Health disparities
Social network analysis
Spatial analysis
Substance use

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