Caroline C. KuoAssistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)
Caroline Kuo is Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. She also holds an additional appointment as Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. She received her master in International Development from Oxford University (Saint Cross College). She received her doctorate in Social Policy, also from Oxford University (Nuffield College).
Kuo, C., Operario, D., Cluver, L. .
Children orphaned by AIDSInside Kinship Care: Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support.
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Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
Yoo, Grace J., Le, Mai Nhung., Oda, Alan (eds.) Handbook of Asian American Health. (2012). Operario, D., Tan, J., Kuo, C. HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. New York: Springer.
Pitcher, D. (ed.) (2013). Inside Kinship Care: Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support. Kuo, C., Operario, D., Cluver, L. Children orphaned by AIDS. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Bob, Urmilla; Bronkhorst, Salomé (eds.) (2014). Conflict-sensitive adaptation to climate change in Africa. Chan, S., Ranalli, B., Kuo, C., Intrator, K., Atencio, C., Miao, A. Humans as sensors: Fusion of participatory mechanisms and computational innovations to monitor climate change and its consequences. Berlin: BWV-Verlag Publishers.
Caroline Kuo is a behavioral and social scientist. Her research focuses on addressing mental health and HIV disparities among vulnerable populations through rigorous, evidence-based interventions that are culturally appropriate and sustainable in low-resource communities. She has conducted research with children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and their caregivers; men who have sex with men; incarcerated women; and sex workers. She is particularly interested in conducting community-engaged and policy relevant research.
Her global public health research has included community-based epidemiological studies, mixed methods studies, and intervention development and testing among vulnerable populations. Her expertise in international development informs her research, the majority of which takes place in low-resource settings. Her current research focuses on developing resilience-based interventions to prevent poor mental health and HIV among families in HIV-endemic South Africa. She also collaborates on studies that assess the acceptability of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP) among at-risk populations; the efficacy of conditional economic incentives in reducing HIV risk behaviors; and development of interventions to address the syndemic of HIV, interpersonal violence, and substance use. She has conducted research in South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, and the USA.
NIMH, Family Prevention of HIV Risk and Depression in HIV-endemic South Africa (PI: Kuo)
NIAID, Acceptability of PrEP for HIV Prevention among HIV-positive and HIV-negative Adolescents (PI: Operario and Hoare, Co-I: Kuo)
NIAID, Conditional Economic Incentives for Improving Adolescent Adherence to HIV Treatment
(PI: Galarraga and Hoare, Co-I; Kuo)
NICHD, Partnerships for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa (PIs: Lurie and Colvin, Co-I: Kuo)
NIMH, Psychosocial Wellbeing and Health of Caregivers of AIDS Orphans in KwaZulu Natal (PI: Kuo)
Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Young Carers Project: KwaZulu Natal (PIs: Cluver and Kuo)
Brown University was presented the CSO50 2015 Award for Dr. Kuo’s innovative use of Ncrypted Cloud software to gather secure, real-time, mobile data to develop HIV prevention approaches in challenging fieldwork settings
South African AIDS Conference Discovery Excellence Award for Best Clinical and Non-clinical presentation for the oral paper: Cluver, L., Orkin, M., Kganaka, C., Kuo, C., Moshabela, M. (2011). Infectious disease and TB co-occurrence amongst children with AIDS-sick caregivers. Durban, South Africa. June 7-10, 2011
American Public Health Conference Honorable Mention for Excellence on an International Topic for the oral paper: Kuo, C., Cluver, L., Casale, M., Lane, T., and Sello, L. (2011). Mental Health of Children Affected by AIDS and their Caregivers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Washington, D.C., USA. October 29-November 2, 2011
Oxford University, Department of Social Policy and Evidence Based Intervention Barnett Prize for Best Annual Academic Paper on June 25, 2009
Brown University School of Public Health, Core Advisor for Public Health Undergraduate Concentration (>30 students)
Aileen Bui ('18, MD, Brown University)
Amy Silva, ('14, MSc, Brown University): "Investigating underlying psycho-social characteristics in the development of an effective sexual education program for emerging male adults: A formative research study”
Marisa Casale, ('13, PhD, University of Cape Town): “The protective role of social support for the health of caregivers of children in HIV-endemic South Africa”
Melissa Pancoast, ('13, MSc, Oxford University): “Factors associated with take-up of the foster child grant in KwaZulu-Natal, a high HIV prevalence region of South Africa”
Elisabeth Becker ('12, MPH, Brown University): "Assessing Reliability of the Verbal Autopsy Method for Identifying HIV Status: Concurrent Caregiver and Child Reports in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa"
Jane Fitzgerald ('12, MPH, Brown University): "Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Children's Roles as Caretakers"
Danielle Poole ('12, MPH): "Feasibility of a pilot intervention to address mental health morbidities amongst South African orphans and vulnerable children"