Karen Hampanda Adjoint Assistant Professor
Adjoint Assistant Professor
Anschutz Medical Campus - Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology and OB Health

Office Location:
University of Colorado Denver, Anchutz Medical Campus


Dr. Hampanda holds a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver and an MPH in International Health from Boston University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Director of Research for the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob/Gyn, and Senior Investigator with the Center for Global Health. Dr. Hampanda has expertise in health behavior theory, global health, mixed methods research, and behavioral interventions.

Her research agenda focuses on understanding and addressing the behavioral determinants of maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on HIV, intimate partner violence, and perinatal mental health. She is currently the PI for an NIMH-funded R00 project in Zambia, "Happy Homes, Healthy Families," testing the effects of a couples-based relationship strengthening intervention to improve outcomes among postpartum women living with HIV. She has been working in sub-Saharan Africa for the past 10 years, conducting studies on HIV prevention, care, and treatment, particularly prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Dr. Hampanda has completed numerous global health projects in various settings, including Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

University of Colorado Denver, PhD, Health and Behavioral Sciences, 2016

Boston University, MPH, International Health, 2010

Beloit College, BA, Health and Society, African Studies, 2008

Onono, M., Odwar, T., Abuogi, L., Owuor, K., Helova, A., Turan, J.M., Hampanda, K. 2020. Effects of Depression, Stigma and Intimate Partner Violence on Postpartum Women’s Adherence and Engagement in HIV care in Kenya. AIDS and Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10461-019-02750-y

Abuogi, L., Hampanda, K., Odwar, T., Helova, A., Odeny, T., Onono, M., Bukusi, E., Turan, J. 2019. HIV status disclosure patterns and male partner reactions among pregnant women with HIV on lifelong ART in Western Kenya. AIDS Care. doi:10.1080/09540121.2019.1659915

Hampanda, K., Abuogi, L., Musoke, P., Onono, M., Helova, A., Bukusi, E., Turan, J. 2019. Development of a novel scale to measure male partner involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Kenya. AIDS and Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02546-0

Thomas, D., Bull, S., Nyanza, E., Hampanda, K., Liedtke M., Ngallaba, S. 2019. An mHealth pilot designed to increase the reach of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) across the treatment cascade in a resource-constrained setting in Tanzania. PLOS ONE. 14(2):e0212305. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212305

Hampanda, K., Rael, C.T. 2018. HIV Status Disclosure Among Postpartum Women in Zambia with Varied Intimate Partner Violence Experiences. AIDS and Behavior. 22(5), 1652-1661. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1909-0

CBHS 6616: Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology, Theory and Prevention

PBHL 3010: Human Sexuality and Public Health