Home Institution: University of Cape Town
Fellowship Site: University of Cape Town, South Africa
Research Topic: Patterns of retention in HIV care up to five years after ART initiation in pregnancy: Barriers and opportunities for intervention
Dr. Phillips will spend her fellowship year at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town under the mentorship of Kate Clouse, PhD, MPH and Landon Myer, MD, PhD. Her research will focus on patterns of retention in HIV care up to five years after ART initiation in pregnancy.
Dr. Phillips completed her Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) at the University of Cape Town in 2014 where she also recently completed her PhD. Her work focuses on engaging pregnant and postpartum women in long-term HIV services.
Having grown up and lived in both rural and urban South Africa, she has seen the many challenges facing busy clinics with limited resources and high HIV burden. Her career goals are to learn more about qualitative research methods, in particular how to integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches to aid the development of sustainable and acceptable health interventions.
Dr. Phillips also aims to learn about intervention development to improve HIV care engagement for women living with HIV in resource-limited settings.