Emily Namey, MA

Senior Research Associate, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Qualitative research
  • Research methods
  • Anthropology

Projects & Resources

Published Research

  • Evaluating bang for the buck: A cost-effectiveness comparison between individual interviews and focus groups based on thematic saturation levels
    Namey E, Guest G, McKenna K, Chen M
    Am J Eval 2016 Sep; 37(3): 425-40. [Journal Impact Factor: 0.808]

    Individual interviews and focus group discussions form the foundation of most qualitative research and evaluation activities. The authors provide an empirical comparison of cost and time required to reach data saturation using the two methods, based on actual expenditures from parallel interview and focus group datasets generated through random allocation of participants. Interviews were more cost-effective in most contexts.

  • Motivations for reducing other HIV risk-reduction practices if taking pre-exposure prophylaxis: Findings from a qualitative study among women in Kenya and South Africa
    Corneli A, Namey E, Ahmed K, Agot K, Skhosana J, Odhiambo J, Guest G.
    AIDS Patient Care STDS 2015 Sep; 29 (9): 503-9. [Journal Impact Factor: 3.497]

    Women at high risk for HIV in Kenya and South Africa described numerous reasons for reducing or stopping the use of condoms if they were to start taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. These findings suggest that enhanced counseling is needed to promote informed decision making and to ensure overall sexual health for women using PrEP, particularly with respect to the prevention of pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections when PrEP is used alone.

  • Preparing for the rollout of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): A vignette survey to identify intended sexual behaviors among women in Kenya and South Africa if using PrEP
    Corneli A, Field S, Namey E, Agot K, Ahmed K, Odhiambo J, Skhosana J, Guest G.
    PLoS One 2015 Jun; 10 (6): e0129177. [Journal Impact Factor: 3.234]

    The findings suggest that women may choose to reduce or stop using other risk reduction practices, such as condoms, when they start taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. Given the high efficacy of PrEP, their risk of acquiring HIV will be significantly reduced. However, women using PrEP alone or with inconsistent condom use may be at risk for other sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. It is recommended that women taking PrEP receive enhanced counseling to promote informed decision making about their overall sexual health.

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