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Rachel Kidman, Ph.D.

Rachel Kidman


Rachel Kidman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine 

Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine 

Division of Evaluative Sciences

Division of Community Health

Program in Public Health

OFFICE: HSC 3-071 

EMAIL: Rachel.Kidman@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Dr. Kidman is a social epidemiologist whose work focuses on the experiences of children and youth living with adversity. Much of her research examines the impact of HIV/AIDS on child and adolescent welfare in sub-Saharan Africa, factors that create vulnerability or resilience in this population, and interventions that can effectively meet their needs. Her current work in this area examines adversity in the lives of HIV-infected adolescents and its role in HIV transmission risk. She is also interested in policy determinants of health, and is currently evaluating the potential of national policies to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable girls and young women globally. Past work includes longitudinal impact evaluations of community-based programs for children affected by AIDS in South Africa; investigation of health and educational disparities among children affected by AIDS in Malawi, case studies of community programming for orphans in Botswana, and research on best-practices for programs serving vulnerable children and their families for UNICEF.


PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University

MSc, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health

BA, Swarthmore College

Academic Interests:
Social epidemiology; program evaluation; children and adolescents; HIV and AIDS; intergenerational transfers of vulnerability; childhood adversity; social policy; Africa

Selected Publications:

Thurman, T. R. Kidman, T. Taylor.(2015) “Bridging the gap: the impact of home visiting programs on social grant uptake among HIV-affected households caring for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa.” Children and Youth Services Review, 48: 111-116.

Kidman, R. and P. Anglewicz.(2014) “Fertility among orphans in rural Malawi: Challenging common assumptions about risk and mechanisms.” International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 40(4): 164-175.

Thurman, T., R. Kidman., J. Nice, L. Ikamari. (2014) “Family functioning and child behavioral problems in households affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya” AIDS and Behavior.

Kidman, R., J. Nice, T. Taylor, T. Thurman (2014) “Home visiting programs for HIV-affected families: A comparison of service quality between volunteer-driven and paraprofessional models.” Journal of Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 9(4), 305-317.

Thurman, T., R. Kidman, T. Taylor. (2014) “Does investment in home visitors lead to better psychological health for HIV-affected families? Results from a quasi-experimental evaluation in South Africa.” AIDS Care, 26(S1), S1-S9.

Clouston, S., R. Kidman, T. Palermo. (2014) “Social inequalities in vaccination among children in Madagascar.” Vaccine, 32(28), 3533-3539.

Kidman, R. and T. Thurman. (2014) “Caregiver burden among adults caring for orphaned children in rural South Africa” Journal of Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 9(3), 234-246.

Heymann S.J., Sherr L., and Kidman R., eds. (2012) Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic: Finding Solutions that Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kidman, R., Hanley, J., Foster, G., Subramanian, S.V., Heymann, S.J. (2012) “Educational disparities in AIDS-affected communities: Does orphanhood confer unique vulnerability?,” Journal of Development Studies, 48(4), 531-548.

Kidman, R., Hanley, J., Foster, G., Subramanian, S.V., Heymann, S.J. (2010) "Contribution of AIDS-related impacts to child-morbidity in Malawi," Social Science and Medicine, 71, 66-974. 

Kidman, R., Heymann, S.J. (2009) "The extent of community and public support available to families caring for orphans in Malawi." AIDS Care, 21(4), 439-447.

Heymann, S.J., Kidman, R. (2009) "HIV/AIDS, declining family resources and the community safety net." AIDS Care, 21 (S1), 34-42.

Heymann, S.J., Kidman, R. (2008) "Weaving a tighter safety net: Supporting children and families amidst the AIDS pandemic." Paper prepared for the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS (JLICA).

Kidman, R., Petrow, S., Heymann, S.J. (2007) "Africa's Orphan Crisis: Two Community-Based Models of Care." AIDS Care. 19(3), 326-329.