Sarah Kessler, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor


PhD

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

MPH

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Recent Honors and Awards

2013 Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research, Nominee

Recent Publications

Finocchario-Kessler S., Clark K., Khamadi S., Gautney B., Okoth V., Goggin K. Adherence to Treatment Guidelines for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Kenya 2010 to 2012: Next steps to eliminating pediatric HIV. AIDS & Behavior (revise/resubmit, minor edits)

Champassak, S. L., Catley, D., Finocchario-Kessler, S., Farris, M., Ehtesham, M., Schoor, R., Goggin, K. (2015). Physician smoking cessation counseling and adherence to the Clinical Practice Guideline. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 2(4), 477-484. 

Champassak, S. L., Goggin, K., Finocchario-Kessler, S., Farris, M., Ehtesham, M., Schoor, R., Catley, D. A qualitative assessment of provider perspectives on smoking cessation counseling. J Eval Clin Pract.2014 Mar 2014. Doi:10.1111/jep.12124.

Mabachi, N., Dariotis, JK., Goggin, K., Anderson, J., Finocchario-Kessler, S. "I'm just like everyone else, I just happen to be HIV positive": Challenges Faced by Young Urban Black Women as they  Strive to Achieve Normative Life Goals. J Women's Health Care. 2014. 3; 145. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000145.

Finocchario-Kessler S. Bastos I., Malta M., Bertoni N., Hanif H., Kerrigan D, Rio Collaborative Group. HIV+ men need reproductive counseling too; assessing childbearing goals and provider communication among HIV+ male patients in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 2014 May;28(5):254-9. doi: 10.1089/apc.2013.0354.

Goggin K, Mindry D., Beyeza J., Finocchario-Kessler S., Wayengeze R., Nabiryo C, Wagner G. "Our hands are tied up": Current state of safer conception service provision and a new integrated care model. Health Care for Women International. 2014 Jun 5:0.

Finocchario-Kessler S., Wayengeze R., Mindry D., Goggin K., Beyeza-Kashesya J., Nabiryo C., Wagner G. "I may not say we really have a method, it is gambling work": Knowledge and acceptability of safer conception methods among providers and HIV clients in Uganda. Health Care for Women International. Suppl: Women and Health in Africa. 2014 Jun 5:0.

Finocchario-Kessler S., Gautney B., Khamadi S., Okoth V., Goggin K., Spinler J., Mwangi A., Kimanga D., Clark K., Olungae H., Preidis G. If you text them, they will come: Using the HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem©) to improve early infant diagnosis quality and retention in Kenya. AIDS. 2014 Jul;28 Suppl 3:S313-21. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000332.

Wagner G.J., Goggin K., Mindry D., Beyeza-Kashesya J., Finocchario-Kessler S., Woldetsadik M.A., Khanakwa S., Wanyenze R. Correlates of Use of Safer Conception Methods to Reduce Horizontal Transmission Among Ugandan HIV Clients with Fertility Intentions. AIDS & Behav 2014 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Steiner, R., Finocchario-Kessler, S, Dariotis, JK. The time has come to engage HIV providers in conversations with their reproductive age clients about fertility desires and intentions: A historical review of the HIV epidemic in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(8):1357-66. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301265. Epub 2013 Jun 13. Review.

Steiner R., Dariotis J., Anderson J., Finocchario-Kessler S. Preconception care for people living with HIV: Recommendations for advancing implementation.  AIDS. 2013 Oct;27 Suppl 1:S113-9. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000059

Finocchario-Kessler S. Bastos I., Malta M., Bertoni N., Hanif H., Kerrigan D, Rio Collaborative Group. HIV+ men need reproductive counseling too; assessing childbearing goals and provider communication among HIV+ male patients in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health (accepted)

Finocchario-Kessler S
, Catley D, Thompson N, Bradley-Ewing A, Berkley-Patton J, Goggin K. Patient Communication Tools to Enhance ART Adherence Counseling in Low and High Resource Settings. Patient Education and Counseling. 2012 May 8 [Epub ahead of print]

Finocchario Kessler, S., Mabachi, N., Dariotis, JK, Anderson, J., Goggin, K.., Sweat, M. "We weren't using condoms because we were trying to conceive": The need for reproductive counseling for HIV+ women in clinical care.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs 2012, Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Steiner, R., Finocchario-Kessler, S, Dariotis, JK. The time has come to engage HIV providers in conversations with their reproductive age clients about fertility desires and intentions: A historical review of the HIV epidemic in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(8):1357-66. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301265. Epub 2013 Jun 13. Review.

Steiner R., Dariotis J., Anderson J., Finocchario-Kessler S. Preconception care for people living with HIV: Recommendations for advancing implementation.  AIDS. 2013 Oct;27 Suppl 1:S113-9. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000059

Recent Presentations

Louis C., Lee R., Mabachi N., Finocchario-Kessler S. Evaluation of the nutritional status of the rural Haitian children by weight during their first 5 years. Presentation at the Family Medicine Midwest Conference, October 10-12, 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

Okoth V., Finocchario-Kessler S., Olungae H., Owino M., Odera I., Odeke R., Ndungu N., Gautney B., Khamadi S. Improving retention rates in Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV continuum-of-care using the HITSystem: Steps towards eMTCT. Presented at the 3rd Medical and Veterinary virus Research (MVVR) Symposium, September 3, 2014, Nairobi, Kenya.

Philippe, J., Gautney, B., Misolmali, L., Msiska, M., Butler, L., & Finocchario-Kessler, S. (2014). HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem): Improving Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV Outcomes in Malawi. Family Medicine Global Health Workshop. September 11-13, 2014, San Diego, CA.

Jayamaha D., Finocchario-Kessler S., Giovanni J., Michael J., Moffat M., Miller M. A novel pediatric emergency department intervention to improve adolescent sexual healthcare. Presented at PAS Conference, Vancouver, Canada. May 2, 2014.

Finocchario-Kessler S, Gautney B, Okoth V, Khamadi S. The HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) Pilot Study: Improving quality and retention of Early Infant Diagnosis in Kenya. Presented (oral) at the Innovations of Global Health Conference, Yale University, April 13-14, 2013.

Steiner R., Dariotis J., Anderson J., Finocchario-Kessler S. Preconception care for people living with HIV: Recommendations for advancing implementation.  Presented at the 3rd Annual International Family Planning and HIV Conference. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. November 13, 2013.

Wagner GJ, Wanyenze R, Mindry D, Beyeza-Kashesya J, Goggin K, Finocchario-Kessler S. "I may not say we really have a method, it is gambling work:" Knowledge and acceptability of safer conception methods among providers and HIV clients in Uganda. Paper to be presented at the 17th annual International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa. Cape Town, South Africa. December, 2013.

Gautney B, S. Finocchario-Kessler, V. Okoth, J. Dougherty, E. Serem, K. Clark, S. Khamadi3. Improving turn-around time for HIV DNA PCR lab results for early infant diagnosis in Kenya. Presented at the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. July 1-3, 2013.

Clark K, Finocchario-Kessler S, Goggin K, Khamadi S, Okoth V, Gautney B. Adherence to the 2010 treatment guidelines for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in Kenya. Presented at the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. July 1-3, 2013.

Champassak, S. L., Goggin, K., Finocchario-Kessler, S., Farris, M., Ehtesham, M., and Catley, D. (2013).  A qualitative assessment of provider perspectives on smoking cessation counseling. To be presented at the 34thAnnual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA. 2013

Champassak, S. L., Catley, D., Finocchario-Kessler, S., Farris, M., Ehtesham, M, and Goggin, K. (2013). Smoking cessation counseling: Physician's use of the "5R's" in usual practice. To be presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 19th Annual International Meeting, Boston, MA, March,  2013

Finocchario-Kessler, S., Mabachi, N., Hester, C., Nazir, N., Young, K., Dietz, C., Kimminau, K. Acceptability and Outcomes of Rapid HIV Screening in a Free Dental Clinic. Presented at the North America Primary Care Research Group Conference, December 1, 2012. New Orleans, LA.

Finocchario-Kessler S., Mabachi N., Dariotis J.., Anderson J., Goggin K., Greiner A, Sweat M. We weren't using condoms because we were trying to conceive": The need for reproductive counseling for HIV+ women in clinical care. Presented at the 140th APHA Annual Meeting October 27 - October 31, 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

Finocchario Kessler, S., Bastos, F., Mata, M., Goggin, K., Bertoni, N., Kerrigan, D., Rio Collaborative Group. HIV+ men need reproductive counseling too; assessing childbearing goals and provider communication among HIV+ male patients in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference, July 25, 2012. Washington DC.

Steiner, R., Dariotis, J., Finocchario-Kessler, S. The time has come to engage HIV providers in conversations with their reproductive age clients about fertility desires and intentions: A historical review of the HIV epidemic in the United States. Presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference, July 23, 2012. Washington DC.

Finocchario-Kessler S., Mabachi N., Dariotis J., Goggin K., Greiner A., Anderson J.  I'm just like everyone else, I just happen to be HIV positive: The factors that contribute to medication adherence and risk behaviors among young HIV positive African American Women. Presented (oral) at the 140th APHA Annual Meeting October 27 - October 31, 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

Finocchario Kessler, S. Safer Childbearing for People Living with HIV. 20th Annual Research Symposium, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, April 20, 2012.

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