Brooke Nichols, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
MS, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Brooke Nichols, PhD, MSc, is a health economist and infectious disease mathematical modeler. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in International Relations, a Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Epidemiology, and a PhD from the Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) in the economic and infectious disease modelling of HIV prevention strategies. Dr. Nichols’ research experience and interests include modelling and economic evaluation of treatment as prevention (HIV and HCV) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV), HIV drug resistance modelling, geospatial modelling for efficient resource allocation, and translating research into public policy recommendations. Her recent work has focused on mathematical modeling of the COVID19 epidemic in South Africa and Zambia, with a specific focus on resource allocation and optimized molecular and rapid antigen testing strategies within constrained resources.

Innovative linkage strategies for index HIVST
12/03/2019 - 10/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, Los Angeles Bill & Melinda Gates

07/01/2020 - 05/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) Fdn 4 Inno ND (FIND)

Scaling facility-based HIV self-testing
06/01/2019 - 11/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Dept for Intl Dev-UK

Specimen transportation route mapping and optimisation: South Africa
02/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 (Subcontract PI)
The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) HHS CDC


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  1. Nichols BE, Rosen S. Economic evaluations of differentiated service delivery should include savings and ancillary benefits, not only health system costs: authors' reply. AIDS. 2021 11 01; 35(13):2235-2236.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34602596; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000003034;
  2. Nichols BE, van der Valk M. Barriers to eliminating HIV transmission in England by 2030. Lancet Public Health. 2021 Oct; 6(10):e699-e700. PMID: 34563279; DOI: 10.1016/S2468-2667(21)00161-4;
  3. Jamieson L, Rosen S, Phiri B, Grimsrud A, Mwansa M, Shakwelele H, Haimbe P, Mwenechanya MM, Lumano-Mulenga P, Nichols BE. How soon should patients be eligible for differentiated service delivery models for antiretroviral treatment? Evidence from Zambia. medRxiv. 2021. View Publication
  4. Nichols BE, de Nooy A, Benade M, Balakasi K, Mphande M, Rao G, Claassen CW, Khan S, Stillson C, Doi N, Dovel K. Facility-based HIV self-testing strategies may substantially increase number of men and youth tested for HIV in Malawi: results from a data-driven individual-based model. medRxiv. 2021. View Publication
  5. Popping S, Kall M, Nichols BE, Stempher E, Versteegh L, van de Vijver DAMC, van Sighem A, Versteegh M, Boucher C, Delpech V, Verbon A. Quality of life among people living with HIV in England and the Netherlands: a population-based study. Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2021 Sep; 8:100177. PMID: 34557859; PMCID: PMC8454587; DOI: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2021.100177;
  6. Claassen CW, Mumba D, Njelesani M, Nyimbili D, Mwango LK, Mwitumwa M, Mubanga E, Mulenga LB, Chisenga T, Nichols BE, Hendrickson C, Chitembo L, Okuku J, O'Bra H. Initial implementation of PrEP in Zambia: health policy development and service delivery scale-up. BMJ Open. 2021 07 09; 11(7):e047017. PMID: 34244265; PMCID: PMC8273462; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047017;
  7. Jamieson L, Johnson LF, Matsimela K, Sande LA, d'Elbée M, Majam M, Johnson C, Chidarikire T, Hatzold K, Terris-Prestholt F, Nichols B, Meyer-Rath G. The cost effectiveness and optimal configuration of HIV self-test distribution in South Africa: a model analysis. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 07; 6(Suppl 4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 34275876; PMCID: PMC8287627; DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-005598;
  8. Long LC, Rosen S, Nichols B, Larson BA, Ndlovu N, Meyer-Rath G. Getting resources to those who need them: the evidence we need to budget for underserved populations in sub-Saharan Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 Jul; 24 Suppl 3:e25707.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34189873; PMCID: PMC8242975; DOI: 10.1002/jia2.25707;
  9. Huber A, Pascoe S, Nichols B, Long L, Kuchukhidze S, Phiri B, Tchereni T, Rosen S. Differentiated Service Delivery Models for HIV Treatment in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia: A Landscape Analysis. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021 06 30; 9(2):296-307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34234023; PMCID: PMC8324204; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-20-00532;
  10. Dovel K, Balakasi K, Gupta S, Mphande M, Robson I, Khan S, Amberbir A, Stilson C, van Oosterhout JJ, Doi N, Nichols BE. Frequency of visits to health facilities and HIV services offered to men, Malawi. Bull World Health Organ. 2021 Sep 01; 99(9):618-626. PMID: 34475599; PMCID: PMC8381098; DOI: 10.2471/BLT.20.278994;
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