Holly McClain Burke, PhD, MPH

Scientist, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Family planning
  • HIV prevention
  • Health communication research
  • Health behavior research
  • Program evaluation
  • Measurement development
  • Youth sexual and reproductive health

Projects & Resources

Published Research

  • Impact of an agricultural value chain project on smallholder farmers, households, and children in Liberia
    Rutherford DD, Burke HM, Cheung KK, Field SH
    World Dev 2016 Jul; 8370-83. [Journal Impact Factor: 1.965]

    This paper explores the impact of an agricultural value chain project in Liberia on smallholder farmers, their households and children in order to better understand the link between household economic welfare and child well-being. Although the study suggests that the intervention contributed to positive outcomes, it also illustrates how economic-focused interventions alone are insufficient to produce sustained improvements in children’s lives. Economic strengthening programs should benefit children as part of their effort to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

  • The role of relationship types on condom use among urban men with concurrent partners in Ghana and Tanzania
    Fleming PJ, Mulawa M, Burke H, Shattuck D, Mndeme E, Attafuah J, Mbwambo J, Guest G.
    AIDS Care 2015; 27 (4): 466-72. [Journal Impact Factor: 2.194]

    Multiple concurrent partnerships are hypothesized to be important drivers of HIV transmission. Despite the demonstrated importance of relationship type on condom use, research on concurrency has not examined how different combinations of relationship types might affect condom use. Study findings underscore the importance of considering relationship type when designing HIV prevention strategies in these settings. 

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