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Barbara Van Der Pol

Barbara Van Der Pol

bvanderp@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4738
PH 112B

Education
  • Ph.D. 2007
  • M.P.H. 2001
  • B.S. 1981
Background
USAID-623-A-00-0-08-00 (Einterz) Currently working in support of AMPATH, controlling and preventing HIV/AIDS in western Kenya, increasing treatment of AIDS patients in 3 additional rural health centers and one district hospital affiliated with the Indiana University-Moi University collaboration in Western Kenya.



R21 HD059494-02 (Dodge) Working with Dr. Brian Dodge (Applied Health Sciences, HPER) on project titled: Sexual Health Among Bisexual Men

Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute awarded 2 grants: 1) Working with Dr. David Nelson in Dept. of Biology to understand the microbial composition of the male urethra using genomic technologies. 2) Working with Dr. Juanita Brand (Ball State University) to understand women's response and resiliency to diagnosis of Herpes Simplex type 2 infections.

Member, Board of Directors, International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research

Member, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention STD Diagnostic Guidelines Workgroup

Member, American Academy of Health Behavior

Research:



I have been working in the field of sexually transmitted infections for more than 25 years. My research has focused on understanding the epidemiology of these diseases. In the late 1990's, I began working on projects designed to study issues related to reproductive health in women living in sub-Saharan Africa. The projects included collaborations with Family Health International, the University of California San Francisco, and Case Western University. At the same time, I began providing laboratory support for a project designed to improve our understanding of the behavioral epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent women. The focus of my research includes understanding the behavioral epidemiology and development of improved access to STD control servicesin marginalized and underserved populations both in the US and abroad.