Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan is an Associate Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University. Dr. Vasudevan’s research aims to develop and implement interventions for promoting vaccination equity and decision-making globally, with a specific focus on populations experiencing health disparities. A key theme in her research is the development and evaluation of multi-level strategies that are linked to routine vaccination services for proactively and systematically reducing barriers to vaccination. Dr. Vasudevan is also engaged in collaborative research to understand and mitigate the impact of misinformation on vaccination decision-making. Dr. Vasudevan completed her doctoral training in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University and received a master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Vasudevan is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. 


  • Principal Investigator for CDC U01 study titled ADEPT – An adaptive prenatal intervention to increase childhood vaccinations.  
  • Principal Investigator for NIH R01 study titled Chanjo Kwa Wakati: Integrated community-based digital vaccination system to promote timely vaccinations. 
  • Co-Principal Investigator for NSF III: Medium study titled Ask the Experts: Generating Question-Answer Pairs for Addressing Information Deficits about Vaccines. 
  • Co-investigator for CDC U01 study titled A Tailored School-Based Intervention to Increase Vaccine Uptake Among Adolescents in the Rural South. 


  • Coverage and timeliness of childhood vaccinations  
  • Contextually relevant interventions to promote vaccination equity and decision-making 
  • Implementation strategies for integration of interventions into routine vaccination and community settings 
  • Intervention tailoring and adaptation to support diverse vaccination decision-making styles 
  • Rural-urban disparities in vaccinations 
  • Digital health interventions for vaccination promotion 
  • Vaccine misinformation 
  • Childhood vaccinations, HPV, Flu and COVID-19 vaccines 


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