Mary DeSilva

I am an epidemiologist and demographer by training, with additional expertise in quantitative analytic skills, writing, grantsmanship, and mentoring. Over the past fifteen years, I have worked closely with a variety of public health and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. I currently provide expertise on mixed method research design, survey methodology, and statistical analysis to applied studies designed to improve child, caregiver, and family health.  My past research has focused on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); social and economic effects of HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral (ART) treatment; and medication adherence metrics and interventions. I am currently the principal investigator of a mixed methods study involving adolescents living with HIV in Vietnam, funded by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). My research interests include child and adolescent health and nutrition; caregiver health and nutrition (and related aging issues); rural and migrant health; and chronic and mental health issues in these population groups. I came to UNE in June 2016 from the Boston University School of Public Health, and spent the 2016-2017 academic year resident in Hanoi.

Education

AB

Dartmouth College

1990

MSFS

Georgetown School of Foreign Service

1996

MS

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

1999

ScD

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2003

Expertise

Demography

Epidemiology

Study design

Survey methodology

Data Analysis (quantitative and qualitative methods)

Grantwriting

Human subjects

Global Health Research

Research

Selected Publications

2016

Vian T, Bachman DeSilva M, Cabral HJ, Williams GC, Gifford AL, Li Z, Wubin X, Gill CJ, and Sabin L. The role of motivation and guilt in predicting ART adherence in China. Journal of Health Psychology. First published October 17, 2016. doi: 10.1177/1359105316672922. Full text: http://hpq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/1359105316672922v1.pdf?ijkey=wvB44eYBBMp4cVU&keytype=finite

2016

Bachman DeSilva M, Gifford AL, Bonawitz R, Zhong L, Zhang F, Mu W, Li Y, Lu H, Zeng X, Gill CJ, Sabin LL. Real-time electronic drug monitoring (EDM) for HIV-positive adolescents: Promising acceptability and feasibility in China. Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research. January 2016. 7:586. doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000586.

2015

Gill CJ, Bachman DeSilva M, Hamer DH, Xu K, Wilson IB, Sabin LL. Novel approaches for visualizing and analyzing dose-timing data from electronic drug monitors, or “How the ‘Broken Window’ theory pertains to ART adherence.” AIDS and Behavior. 2015 Nov;19(11):2057-68. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1065-3.

 

2015

Dorji G, DeJong W, Bor J, Bachman DeSilva M, Sabin L, Feeley F,Udon P, Wangchuk N, Wangdi U, Choden T, Gurung M, Chogyel T, Wangchuk D, Kypri K. Alcohol outlet compliance with laws in a developing country: Intervention trial in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Addiction. 2015 Oct 17. doi: 10.1111/add.13202. [Epub ahead of print]

2015

Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, Li Z, Xie W, Feng C, Xu K, Lan G, Haberer JE, Bangsberg DR, Li Y, Lu H, Gifford AL. Improving adherence to antiretroviral therapy with triggered real time text message reminders: the China through Technology Study (CATS). JAIDS. Published online 13 April 2015.

2013

Bachman DeSilva M, Gifford A, Xu K, Li Z, Feng C, Brooks M, Harrold M, Hu Y, Gill C, Xie W, Vian T, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Sabin L. Feasibility and acceptability of a real-time adherence device among HIV-positive IDU patients in China. AIDS Research and Treatment, 2013:957862. doi: 10.1155/2013/957862. Epub 2013 Jul 16.

2012

Bachman DeSilva, M., Skalicky, A., Beard, J., Cakwe, M., Zhuwau, T., Quinlan, T., & Simon, J. Household dynamics and socioeconomic conditions in the context of incident adolescent orphaning in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 06 Dec 2012 (epub ahead of print).

2012

Bachman DeSilva M, Skalicky A, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Quinlan, T., Simon J. Longitudinal evaluation of the psychosocial wellbeing of recent orphans compared with non-orphans in a school-attending cohort in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 2012 June. 14(3); 162-182.

2012

Bachman DeSilva M, Skalicky A, Beard J, Cakwe M, Zhuwau T, Quinlan T, Simon J. Early impacts of orphaning: Health, nutrition, and food insecurity in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012; 7(1):75-87.

2010

Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Hamer DH, Xu K, Zhang J, Li T, Wilson WB, Gill CJ. Using electronic drug monitor feedback to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive patients in China. AIDS and Behavior. 2010 June; 14 (3): 580-589.

2009

Gill CJ, Sabin LL, Hamer DH, Xu K, Zhang J, Li T, Wu WJ, Wilson WB, Bachman DeSilva M. Importance of dose timing to achieving undetectable viral loads. AIDS and Behavior, 8 April 2009 (e-pub ahead of print).

2008

Bachman DeSilva M, Beard J, Cakwe M, McCoy, K., Nkosi B, Parikh A, Quinlan T, Skalicky A,Tshabangu-Soko S, Zhuwau, T, Simon J. Vulnerability of orphan caregivers vs. non-orphan caregivers in KwaZulu-Natal. Journal of Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2008 Aug;3(2):102-11.

2008

Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Bachman DeSilva M. Differences in normal activities, job performance and symptom prevalence between patients not yet on antiretroviral therapy and patients initiating therapy in South Africa. AIDS. 2008 Jul; 22 Suppl 1:S131-9.

2008

Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Hamer DH, Keyi X, Yue Y, Fan W, Li T, Heggenhougen HK, Seton L, Wilson IB, Gill CJ. Barriers to adherence to antiretroviral medications among patients living with HIV in southern China: a qualitative study. AIDS Care 2008;20:1244-52.

2008

Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Bachman DeSilva M.  Characteristics of patients accessing care and treatment for HIV/AIDS at public and nongovernmental sites in South Africa Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (JIAPAC) 2008 Jul-Aug;7(4):200-7. Epub 2008 Jul 14.

2008

Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Bachman DeSilva M. Rapid improvement in normal activities, job performance, and symptom prevalence among patients initiating antiretroviral therapy in South Africa. AIDS. 2008; (suppl 1)(22):S131-39.

2007

Connelly D, Veriava Y, Roberts S, Tsotetsi J, Jordan A, DeSilva E, Rosen S, Bachman DeSilva M (2007) Prevalence of HIV infection and median CD4 counts among healthcare workers in South Africa. South African Medical Journal. 2007 Feb;97(2):115-20.

2007

Parikh A, Bachman DeSilva M, Cakwe M, Quinlan T, Simon J, Skalicky A, Zhuwau T. Exploring the Cinderella myth: Intra-household differences in child well-being between orphans and non-orphans living together in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS. 2007 Nov; 21 Suppl 7:S95-S103.

2007

Rosen S, Ketlhapile M, Sanne I, Bachman DeSilva M Cost to patients of obtaining treatment for HIV/AIDS in South Africa.  S Afr Med J. 2007 Jul;97(7):524-9.

Mary DeSilva

Mary DeSilva

,

ScD, MS, MSFS

Adjunct Assistant Research Professor

Portland Campus

Hersey Hall
209

mdesilva1@une.edu

On Campus