faculty profile

Kate Clouse   PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Dr. Kate Clouse is an epidemiologist who has designed, managed and implemented HIV/AIDS research studies since 2004. As an Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, her research specialty is in patient engagement throughout the continuum of HIV care, with a particular focus on South Africa. Her recent work has explored poor engagement in HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa and developing appropriate interventions to improve HIV care. She has experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to improve patient engagement in HIV care, including studies using mobile health (mHealth), case management, point-of-care technology, and financial incentive strategies. She also has training and experience in qualitative methods and analysis and often deploys a mixed-methods data approach.


  • PhD, University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill (Epidemiology)
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, University of North Caroline at Chapel HIll


Population mobility and retention in HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa. Total funding: $557,965 for four years. NIH/NIMHK01 (K01MH107256). April 1, 2015 –March 31, 2019  Role: Principal Investigator

Representative Publications


Mogoba P, Phillips TK, Myer L, Ndlovu L, Were MC, Clouse K. Smartphone usage and preferences among postpartum HIV-positive women in South Africa. AIDS Care. 2018;:1-7. PubMed [journal] PMID: 30596261

Abuogi LL, Humphrey JM, Mpody C, Yotebieng M, Murnane PM, Clouse K, Otieno L, Cohen CR, Wools-Kaloustian K. Achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa: progress, gaps and research needs. Journal of virus eradication. 2018; 4(Suppl 2):33-39. PubMed [journal] PMID: 30515312, PMCID: PMC6248851

Carlucci JG, Liu Y, Friedman H, Pelayo BE, Robelin K, Sheldon EK, Clouse K, Vermund SH. Attrition of HIV-exposed infants from early infant diagnosis services in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2018; 21(11):e25209. PubMed [journal] PMID: 30649834, PMCID: PMC6287094

Clouse K, Fox MP, Mongwenyana C, Motlhatlhedi M, Buthelezi S, Bokaba D, Norris SA, Bassett J, Lurie MN, Aronoff DM, Vermund SH. "I will leave the baby with my mother": Long-distance travel and follow-up care among HIV-positive pregnant and postpartum women in South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2018; 21 Suppl 4:e25121. PubMed [journal] PMID: 30027665, PMCID: PMC6053484

Phillips TK, Clouse K, Zerbe A, Orrell C, Abrams EJ, Myer L. Linkage to care, mobility and retention of HIV-positive postpartum women in antiretroviral therapy services in South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2018; 21 Suppl 4:e25114. PubMed [journal] PMID: 30027583, PMCID: PMC6053482

Clouse K, Motlhatlhedi M, Bonnet K, Schlundt D, Aronoff DM, Chakkalakal R, Norris SA. "I just wish that everything is in one place": facilitators and barriers to continuity of care among HIV-positive, postpartum women with a non-communicable disease in South Africa. AIDS Care. 2018; 30(sup2):5-10. NIHMSID: NIHMS1502119 PubMed [journal] PMID: 29848002, PMCID: PMC6088383

Clouse K, Mongwenyana C, Musina M, Bokaba D, Long L, Maskew M, Ahonkhai A, Fox MP. Acceptability and feasibility of a financial incentive intervention to improve retention in HIV care among pregnant women in Johannesburg, South Africa. AIDS Care. 2018; 30(4):453-460. NIHMSID: NIHMS936820 PubMed [journal] PMID: 29067861, PMCID: PMC5799012

Clouse K, Phillips T, Myer L. Understanding data sources to measure patient retention in HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa. International Health. 2017; 9(4):203-205. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28810667, PMCID: PMC5881262

Clouse K, Vermund SH, Maskew M, Lurie MN, MacLeod W, Malete G, Carmona S, Sherman G, Fox MP. Mobility and Clinic Switching Among Postpartum Women Considered Lost to HIV Care in South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999). 2017; 74(4):383-389. NIHMSID: NIHMS839557 PubMed [journal] PMID: 28225717, PMCID: PMC5324708

Clouse K, Blevins M, Lindegren ML, Yotebieng M, Nguyen DT, Omondi A, Michael D, Zannou DM, Carriquiry G, Pettit A. Low implementation of Xpert MTB/RIF among HIV/TB co-infected adults in the International epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) program. PloS One. 2017; 12(2):e0171384. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28182705, PMCID: PMC5300213

Shearer K, Clouse K, Meyer-Rath G, MacLeod W, Maskew M, Sanne I, Long L, Fox MP. Citizenship status and engagement in HIV care: an observational cohort study to assess the association between reporting a national ID number and retention in public-sector HIV care in Johannesburg, South Africa. BMJ Open. 2017; 7(1):e013908. PubMed [journal] PMID: 28119389, PMCID: PMC5278236

Schwartz SR, Clouse K, Yende N, Van Rie A, Bassett J, Ratshefola M, Pettifor A. Acceptability and Feasibility of a Mobile Phone-Based Case Management Intervention to Retain Mothers and Infants from an Option B+ Program in Postpartum HIV Care. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2015; 19(9):2029-37. NIHMSID: NIHMS786247 PubMed [journal] PMID: 25656728, PMCID: PMC4871127

Hanrahan CF, Clouse K, Bassett J, Mutunga L, Selibas K, Stevens W, Scott L, Sanne I, Van Rie A. The patient impact of point-of-care vs. laboratory placement of Xpert(�) MTB/RIF. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease : The Official Journal of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2015; 19(7):811-6. NIHMSID: NIHMS728457 PubMed [journal] PMID: 26056107, PMCID: PMC4869324

Clouse K, Schwartz SR, Van Rie A, Bassett J, Vermund SH, Pettifor AE. High mobile phone ownership, but low Internet and email usage among pregnant, HIV-infected women attending antenatal care in Johannesburg. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2015; 21(2):104-7. NIHMSID: NIHMS781701 PubMed [journal] PMID: 25586808, PMCID: PMC4860457

Clouse K, Hanrahan CF, Bassett J, Fox MP, Sanne I, Van Rie A. Impact of systematic HIV testing on case finding and retention in care at a primary care clinic in South Africa. Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH. 2014; 19(12):1411-9. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25244155

Fox MP, Shearer K, Maskew M, Meyer-Rath G, Clouse K, Sanne I. Attrition through multiple stages of pre-treatment and ART HIV care in South Africa. PloS One. 2014; 9(10):e110252. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25330087, PMCID: PMC4203772

Van Rie A, Clouse K, Hanrahan C, Selibas K, Sanne I, Williams S, Kim P, Bassett J. High uptake of systematic HIV counseling and testing and TB symptom screening at a primary care clinic in South Africa. PloS One. 2014; 9(9):e105428. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25268851, PMCID: PMC4182031

Clouse K, Schwartz S, Van Rie A, Bassett J, Yende N, Pettifor A. "What they wanted was to give birth; nothing else": barriers to retention in option B+ HIV care among postpartum women in South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999). 2014; 67(1):e12-8. PubMed [journal] PMID: 24977376

Professional Organizations

  • Member, International AIDS Society