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Lavanya Vasudevan

Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute
2200 West Main Street, Suite 600 Room 606, Durham, NC 27705
Office hours By appointment.  

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Vaccine Misinformation and Its Link to Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake in Durham · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work flag North Carolina

Primary Theme: Global Health

Vaccinations administered during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life are crucial for preventing a myriad of potentially deadly and debilitating infections such as polio, pertussis, measles, influenza and tetanus. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence on the benefits of vaccinations, pregnant women and parents of young children often refuse to accept, or choose to space out, vaccinations for themselves or their children. This phenomenon, termed vaccine hesitancy, is blamed for several vaccine-preventable outbreaks in the U.S., including the 2017 measles outbreak in a Somali community in Minnesota. In order to design effective behavior change interventions to mitigate vaccine hesitancy, we need to understand the role of misinformation in the development or promotion of vaccine hesitancy, as well as the subsequent decision to accept vaccines without delay.

Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Data+ Project Lead · 2018 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Information, Society & Culture

Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - mHealth for Better Routine Immunization Data in Honduras · August 2017 - May 2018 Projects & Field Work flag Honduras
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Pocket Colposcope: Increased Distribution and Adoption · August 2016 - May 2017 Projects & Field Work flag Peru
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Interculturally Competent Analysis of the Uptake of Routine Vaccination · August 2015 - May 2016 Projects & Field Work flag Ghana
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Vaccine Misinformation and Its Link to Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake in Durham · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work flag North Carolina

Primary Theme: Global Health

Vaccinations administered during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life are crucial for preventing a myriad of potentially deadly and debilitating infections such as polio, pertussis, measles, influenza and tetanus. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence on the benefits of vaccinations, pregnant women and parents of young children often refuse to accept, or choose to space out, vaccinations for themselves or their children. This phenomenon, termed vaccine hesitancy, is blamed for several vaccine-preventable outbreaks in the U.S., including the 2017 measles outbreak in a Somali community in Minnesota. In order to design effective behavior change interventions to mitigate vaccine hesitancy, we need to understand the role of misinformation in the development or promotion of vaccine hesitancy, as well as the subsequent decision to accept vaccines without delay.

Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Data+ Project Lead · 2018 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Information, Society & Culture

Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - mHealth for Better Routine Immunization Data in Honduras · August 2017 - May 2018 Projects & Field Work flag Honduras
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Pocket Colposcope: Increased Distribution and Adoption · August 2016 - May 2017 Projects & Field Work flag Peru
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Interculturally Competent Analysis of the Uptake of Routine Vaccination · August 2015 - May 2016 Projects & Field Work flag Ghana
Global Health Outreach - mHealth-assisted conditional cash transfers to improve timeliness ofnchildhood vaccinations · July 2015 Research Mfinanga, National Institute for Health Research flag United Republic of Tanzania
Duke Global Health Outreach - Using mobile technologies to improve outcomes for orphaned and separated children · October 2014 Research flag India

Service to Duke


Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council (Program) · 2021 - 2022 Committee Service