A multilevel intervention to increase PrEP use among young women at risk of intimate partner violence in Kenya: Results from a pilot cluster-randomized controlled trial

Sarah Roberts is a Research Epidemiologist in the Women’s Global Health Imperative (WGHI) group at RTI International. Her research focuses on behavioral, social, and structural factors that increase the risk of HIV and STIs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa—particularly the role of gender inequality, male engagement, and intimate partner violence—and in the design and evaluation of interventions to increase their use of biomedical HIV prevention and treatment strategies. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Roberts was based in Lusaka, Zambia, where she managed multiple clinical trials and observational studies, primarily focused on biomedical HIV prevention strategies such as PrEP, microbicides, and vaccines. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2016, with dissertation research focused on gender-based violence and HIV risk among women who sell sex and HIV-serodiscordant couples in Kenya and Uganda. At RTI, Dr. Roberts is the Principal Investigator on two studies that seek to increase PrEP uptake and adherence among AGYW by addressing barriers related to stigma and gender-based violence, and a co-investigator for three additional protocols on HIV prevention and treatment among African AGYW. Her previous research experience also includes mathematical modeling of antiretroviral therapy roll-out, clinical studies of TB diagnosis among people living with HIV, and malaria case-finding in rural areas.