Kimberly Shea, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

Kimberly Shea, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University. Before joining the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Shea served a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and conducted laboratory-based HIV vaccine research. Dr. Shea’s research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases, especially the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and the post-licensure effectiveness of vaccination. She is currently engaged in evaluating changes in pneumococcal and meningococcal serotype distributions following the introduction of the childhood pneumococcal vaccine, the capacity of specific pneumococcal serotypes to cause disease, and several pneumococcal and meningococcal disease surveillance activities shared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Boston University. In addition, Dr. Shea is currently overseeing a collaborative project between Boston University and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate the rate of reactivation tuberculosis in the US. Dr. Shea has been involved in teaching several classes at the Boston University School of Public Health including the Introduction to Epidemiology, Intermediate Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.

Boston Medical Center

Acute Otitis Media (AOM) Study
08/01/2015 - 12/31/2018 (Co-PI)
PI: Stephen I. Pelton, MD
Pfizer, Inc.

Proposal to evaluate prevalence, serotype distribution and density of pneumococcal nasopharyngeal colonization in children and parents
12/15/2015 - 09/30/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Stephen I. Pelton, MD
Pfizer, Inc.

Evaluation of Differences in S. Pneumoniae colonization among children with and without underlying comorbilities following the introduction of PCV13
12/01/2012 - 12/01/2013 (PI)
Pfizer, Inc.

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  1. Bornheimer R, Shea KM, Sato R, Weycker D, Pelton SI. Risk of exacerbation following pneumonia in adults with heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0184877.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29028810.
  2. Yildirim I, Little BA, Finkelstein J, Lee G, Hanage WP, Shea K, Pelton SI. Surveillance of pneumococcal colonization and invasive pneumococcal disease reveals shift in prevalent carriage serotypes in Massachusetts' children to relatively low invasiveness. Vaccine. 2017 Jul 13; 35(32):4002-4009.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28645717.
  3. Pleskunas JA, Shea KM, Heeren T, and Horsburgh Jr CR. The Influence of Age at Arrival and Duration of Residence in US on Prevalence of Latent TB Infection. Mycobacterial Diseases. 2017; 7(1):doi:10.4172/2161-1068.1000233.
  4. Weycker D, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Edelsberg J, Shea KM, Pelton SI. Rates and costs of invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumonia in persons with underlying medical conditions. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 May 13; 16:182.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27177430; PMCID: PMC4867996; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1432-4;.
  5. Joseph NP, Shea K, Porter CL, Walsh JP, Belizaire M, Estervine G, Perkins R. Factors Associated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Acceptance Among Haitian and African-American parents of Adolescent Sons. J Natl Med Assoc. 2015 Jun; 107(2):80-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27269494; DOI: 10.1016/S0027-9684(15)30028-6;.
  6. Yildirim I, Shea KM, Pelton SI. Pneumococcal Disease in the Era of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2015 Dec; 29(4):679-97.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26610421; PMCID: PMC4662776; DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2015.07.009;.
  7. Pelton SI, Shea KM, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Braun S, Jacob C, Klok R, Gruen ES, Weycker D. Rates of pneumonia among children and adults with chronic medical conditions in Germany. BMC Infect Dis. 2015; 15:470.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26515134; PMCID: PMC4627378; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-015-1162-y;.
  8. Shea KM, Lash TL, Antonsen S, Jick SS, Sørensen HT. Population-based study of the association between asthma and pneumococcal disease in children. Clin Epidemiol. 2015; 7:325-34.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26203278; DOI: 10.2147/CLEP.S78619;.
  9. Pelton SI, Shea KM, Weycker D, Farkouh RA, Strutton DR, Edelsberg J. Rethinking risk for pneumococcal disease in adults: the role of risk stacking. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2015 Jan; 2(1):ofv020.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26034770; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofv020;.
  10. Shea KM. It’s Time to Take the Controversy out of Vaccination. Point of View (POV) Opinion piece for BU Today. 2015. View Publication
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