Krishna C. Poudel

Krishna Poudel
Associate Professor and Program Head, Community Health Education
327 Arnold House


B.P.H., Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1996; M.A., Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1999; M.H.Sc., The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2003; Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2006

Area(s) of Specialization: 

HIV/STI prevention; health promotion and disease prevention; global health; evaluation of behavior change interventions

Research Description: 

My primary research interests lie in the areas of HIV transmission risk behavior determinants; sexually transmitted infections (STIs); hepatitis C; and depression in HIV-positive individuals, drug users, and other marginalized populations. I am also interested in designing and evaluating theory-grounded behavior change interventions, studying the role of micronutrients on various health outcomes, and advocating for translation of research findings into practice. My research to date has spanned the globe and involved diverse groups including international migrants, HIV-positive individuals, injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, traditional healers, policy makers, and school students. My present research projects include examinations of the determinants of STIs, hepatitis C, medication adherence, and depression; evaluation of a theory-based sexual risk reduction intervention; and a study of nutrient intake and its association with health outcomes among HIV-positive individuals.

Key Publications: 

Poudel KC, Buchanan DR, Poudel-Tandukar K. Effects of a community-based HIV risk reduction intervention among HIV-positive individuals: results of a quasi-experimental study in Nepal. AIDS Education and Prevention 2015; 27(3):240-256..

Poudel KC, Palmer PH, Jimba M, Mizoue T, Kobayashi J, Poudel-Tandukar K. Co-infection with hepatitis C virus among HIV-positive people in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Journal of International Association of Providers of AIDS Care 2014; 13(3):277-283.

Poudel KC, Poudel-Tandukar K, Nakahara S, Yasuoka J, Jimba M. Knowing the consequences of unprotected sex with seroconcordant partner is associated with increased safer sex intentions among HIV-positive men in Kathmandu, Nepal. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 2011; 29 (3):191-199.

Poudel KC, Nakahara S, Poudel-Tandukar K, Yasuoka J, Jimba M. Unsafe Sexual Behaviors among HIV-positive Men in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. AIDS and Behavior 2009; 13(6): 1143-50.

Poudel KC, Poudel-Tandukar K, Yasuoka J, Jimba M. HIV superinfection: another reason to avoid serosorting practice. Lancet 2007;370(9581):23.