Lisa Butler, PhD

Associate Research Professor, InCHIP (Principal Investigator)

Research Overivew

I am an epidemiologist and behavioral scientist with research interests in child and adolescent HIV prevention, care and treatment. I have education and training in applied developmental psychology and population health sciences, and over 17 years’ experience with epidemiologic research in clinic and community settings in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana. I specialize in the design and implementation of innovative clinic- and community-based strategies that incorporate participatory methods, mobile health (mHealth) technologies and multi-media resources to engage communities, health care providers, children, adolescents, and their families to improve infant and child health outcomes in the context of low-resource, high HIV-prevalence settings.

As an InCHIP Affiliate, I plan to work on projects focused on child nutrition and development, adolescent HIV prevention and treatment, and maternal mental health and caregiving practices.

I have previously worked with InCHIP faculty and affiliated students. Specifically, (1) Dr. Fisher has served as advisor on my ongoing NIH-funded study of a problem-focused cognitive behavioral intervention to support pediatric HIV disclosure, and (2) I served as an external advisor for student Emily Tuthill on her PhD thesis (through the School of Nursing).


A.B. 1992 Psychology, Smith College
M.A. 1998 Education/Psychological Studies in Human Development, U California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. 2000 Education/Psychological Studies in Human Development, U California, Los Angeles
M.P.H. 2002 Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Health and Social Behavior, U California Berkeley
Ph.D. 2009 Epidemiology, U California Berkeley

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