Abby E. Rudolph, Ph.D., M.P.H

Dr. Abby E. Rudolph is an Infectious Disease and Social 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.  Her research focuses primarily on the intersection of infectious disease and substance use epidemiology and has made significant contributions to the following areas: (1) evaluation of recruitment strategies for "hidden" populations, (2) methodological innovations for network analysis and approaches to combine spatial and network analyses, (3) research ethics associated with data collection approaches, and (4) health services research.

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 worked across different sectors, with positions at non-profit organizations, local health departments, healthcare centers, and universities.

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