Dr. Kathleen Wirth is a Research Scientist jointly appointed in the Departments of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also an Associated Researcher at the Harvard AIDS Initiative. Dr. Wirth serves as the Senior Epidemiologist overseeing all statistical and quantitative efforts for the Botswana Combination Prevention Project, a pair-matched community randomized trial involving more than 100,000 individuals residing in 30 communities throughout Botswana.
Dr. Wirth also actively collaborates with the International Training and Education Center for Health in Botswana and the Botswana Ministry of Health on a large, mixed-methods study evaluating Botswana’s National Safe Male Circumcision Program. Additionally, she is the lead epidemiologist for a multi-site randomized trial of neonatal male circumcision in southeastern Botswana at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute and a prospective cohort study of treatment outcomes among HIV-exposed, uninfected infants hospitalized for severe pneumonia in Gaborone. In addition to her field work in Botswana, Dr. Wirth has been deeply involved in the development and application of instrumental variable (IV) techniques for regression analysis.