Carolyn Audet

Carolyn Audet

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

carolyn.m.audet@vanderbilt.edu

Dr. Audet is a medical anthropologist and epidemiologist specializing in implementation and dissemination science in global health settings. She is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Funded by a K01 award from NIMH (2015-2019), she is developing and testing a program to integrate traditional practitioners as coaches in patient referral and continuing care for newly diagnosed HIV-infected patients. Specifically, she is creating a new implementation methodology to predict successful delivery of community-based health services by minimally-trained community health volunteers, including traditional healers, as they have been retained in large numbers in HIV and TB programs worldwide.

The engagement of family and the social network of patients and coaches in care delivery has been a focus of her research. She has developed a community and clinic-based system to engage male partners in ANC to increase uptake of services among pregnant woman (including HIV testing and treatment), hospital delivery, and post-natal care services in low-resource settings. To engage male partners she has led several studies designed to encourage behavior-change through the de-stigmatizing of negative gender roles, the incorporation of traditional birth attendants into the health system, and changes in clinical flow- including the inclusion of male partners in ANC visits. Dr Audet is currently the PI of an NIMH R01 award (2017-2022) Partners-based HIV Treatment for Seroconcordant Couples attending ANC testing a novel strategy to deliver HIV medications to seroconcordant HIV-infected couples in rural Mozambique.