CHDS doctoral student Allison Portnoy will continue as a postdoctoral fellow jointly with CHDS faculty, Jane Kim, and Emily Burger at
the University of Oslo. Dr. Portnoy defended her dissertation in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in December and will soon graduate with an ScD, concentrating in Decision Sciences and Modeling Methods. Her doctoral work focused on costing and evaluating HPV vaccine strategies in low- and middle-income countries. Her dissertation developed a predictive model for estimating standardized immunization delivery unit cost estimates at the country level and evaluated outcomes associated with HPV vaccine delivery in Uganda and Ethiopia.
Dr. Portnoy plans to continue this work as part of CHDS under the mentorship of Jane Kim. A primary focus of her time will be developing probabilistic sensitivity analysis of the health impact of HPV vaccination for Gavi-eligible countries as part of the Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium, and further analyzing HPV vaccine delivery and multi-age cohort strategies in low- and middle-income countries. In the collaboration with the University of Oslo, Dr. Portnoy will conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of nonavalent HPV vaccine in Norway and estimate Norway’s timeline for cervical cancer elimination.