Krishna C. Poudel

Krishna Poudel
Associate Professor and Program Head, Community Health Education, and Co-Director, Institute for Global Health
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, Poudel-Tandukar K, Bertone-Johnson ER, Pekow P, Vidrine DJ. Inflammation in Relation to Intensity and Duration of Cigarette Smoking among People Living with HIV. AIDS & Behavior 2021; 25(3): 856-865.

Poudel KC, Poudel-Tandukar K. High prevalence and genotype distribution of hepatitis C virus in people living with HIV in Kathmandu, Nepal. Infectious Diseases (In Press).

Poudel KC, Poudel-Tandukar K, Pandey BD, Letson E, Palmer PH. A brief tobacco dependence intervention for people living with HIV in Nepal: results of a quasi-experimental study. Journal of Smoking Cessation 2019 December; 14 (4): 221-228.

Poudel KC, Jimba M. HIV care continuum for key populations in Indonesia. The Lancet HIV 2018 Oct; 5(10):e539-40.

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.