• Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology

University of Washington Department of Global Health 3980 15th Ave NE Rm 884
Box 351620
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Alison Drake, MPH, PhD is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Global Health. She is currently an Assistant Director of the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescent, and Children (Global WACh) and co-Director of the Family Planning Decision Support Scientific Priority Area for Global WACh. Dr. Drake’s research interests include HIV prevention among women and adolescents, incident maternal HIV infections, vertical HIV transmission, adolescent reproductive health, mobile health, and family planning. She is the PI for an R01 testing a mobile health counseling intervention to reduce contraceptive discontinuation and help women living with HIV achieve their reproductive health goals in a randomized clinical trial in Kenya. She is also a co-PI of 2 studies on COVID-19 prevalence, household transmission, and antibody response among pregnant women and their household members in the Seattle area. In addition, she is a co-instructor for two courses in the School of Public Health, Responsible Conduct of Research: Global to Local and Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health.

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MPH (University of Michigan)
  • BS (University of Michigan)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • COVID-19
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Planning
  • Health Technologies
  • HIV Transmission
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Research
  • STDs (other than HIV)

Drake AL, Wagner A, Richardson B, John-Stewart G. Incident HIV during pregnancy and postpartum and risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2014 Feb 25;11(2).
2. Drake AL, Begnel E, Pintye J, Kinuthia J, Wagner AD, Rothschild CW, Otieno F, Kemunto V, Baeten JM, John-Stewart GC. Short message service (SMS) enhances capture of male partner HIV self-testing outcomes among women seeking reproductive health services in Kenya. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2020; 8(3). PMID: 32209530, PMC7142744.

Rodriguez P, Roberts DA, Meisner J, Sharma M, Newman Owiredu M, Gomez B, Mello MB, Bobrik A, Bodianyk A, Storey A, Githuka G, Chidarikire T, Barnabas RV, Barr-Dichiara M, Jamil MS Baggaley R, Johnson CC, Taylor MM, Drake AL. Cost-effectiveness of Dual Maternal HIV and Syphilis Testing Strategies in High and Low HIV Prevalence Countries. Lancet Global Health. 2020; 9:e61-71; 2021. PMID: 33227254; PMCID: PMC7783487.

Meisner J, Roberts DA, Rodriguez P, Sharma M, Newman Owiredu M, Gomez B, Mello MB, Bobrik A, Bodianyk A, Storey A, Githuka G, Chidarikire T, Barnabas RV, Farid S, Essajee E, Jamil MS, Baggaley R, Johnson CC, Drake AL. Optimizing HIV retesting during pregnancy and postpartum in four countries: a cost-effectiveness analysis. 2021, J Int AIDS Soc; 24 (4); e25686. PMID: 33787064 PMCID: PMC8010369.

Rothschild C, Richardson B, Guthrie B, Kithao P, Omurwa T, Mukabi J, Callegari L, Lokken E, John-Stewart G, Unger J, Kinuthia J, Drake A. Contributions of side effects to contraceptive discontinuation and method switch among Kenyan women: a prospective cohort study. BJOG, 2021 (In Press). PMID: 34839583