Faculty Profile: Chanelle Howe, PhD MHS MPH

Chanelle Howe
Chanelle Howe, PhD MHS MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Work: +1 401-863-7406
Dr. Howe's research interests include quantitative epidemiologic methods for unbiased inference in the context of observational studies. Particular areas of interest include methods for addressing confounding and selection bias as well as pertaining to mediation analysis. She is also interested in developing and applying advanced methods to (1) examine the link between alcohol/drug use and HIV as well as (2) identify the sources of racial disparities in HIV infection and disease progression.


Dr. Howe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology within the School of Public Health. She has an appointment with the Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology and is a member of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research. She received her PhD in Epidemiology as well as an MHS in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins, Dr. Howe obtained an MPH in Epidemiology from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2004.

Grants and Awards

National Institutes of Health Clinical Loan Repayment Program – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Society for Epidemiologic Research 2010 Poster Prize

Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society - Alpha Chapter

Bloomberg School of Public Health Predoctoral Minority Health Scholarship

Mailman School of Public Health Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Fellowship

Mailman School of Public Health Phoenix Fellowship


Society for Epidemiologic Research

Funded Research

R03 DE022785 (A. Merchant, PI)
April 2013 to March 2015
Marginal structural models to get periodontal treatment effects on A1C in diabetes
Role: Co-investigator

U24 AA022003 (C. Kahler, PI)
September 2012 to August 2016
Mechanisms of Behavior Change Resource Core for Alcohol-HIV Interventions
Role: Co-investigator

K22 AI095021 (C. Howe, PI)
February 2012 to January 2015
Missed visits and virologic failure among HIV infected African Americans receiving medical care

R01 AA017594 (S. Cole, PI)
June 2009 to July 2011
Structural models and direct and indirect effects of alcohol use on HIV infection
Role: Post Doctoral Research Associate

F31 DA022114 (C. Howe, PI)
September 2006 to June 2009
Methods for informative censoring in HIV/AIDS cohorts

Selected Publications

  • Howe CJ, Cole SR, Napravnik S, Kaufman JS, Adimora AA, Elston B, Eron JJ, Mugavero MJ. The role of at-risk alcohol/drug use and treatment in appointment attendance and virologic suppression among HIV+ African Americans. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. In Press. (2014)
  • Sahlu I, Howe CJ, Clark MA, Marshall BDL. HIV status, knowledge of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and antenatal care use among Ethiopian women. J Epidemiol Glob Health. In Press. (2014)
  • Escudero DJ, Lurie MN, Kerr T, Howe CJ, Marshall BDL. HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people who inject drugs: A systematic review and agenda for future research. J Int AIDS Soc. In Press. (2014)
  • Howe CJ, Napravnik S, Cole SR, Kaufman JS, Adimora AA, Elston B, Eron JJ, Mugavero MJ. African American race and HIV virologic suppression: beyond disparities in clinic attendance. Am J Epidemiol. In Press. (2014)
  • Howe CJ, Cole SR, Mehta SH, Kirk GD. Estimating the effects of multiple time-varying exposures using joint marginal structural models: alcohol consumption, injection drug use, and HIV acquisition. Epidemiology. 2012 Jul;23(4):574-82 (2012)
  • Howe CJ, Cole SR, Ostrow DG, Mehta SH, Kirk GD. A prospective study of alcohol consumption and HIV acquisition among injection drug users. AIDS. 2011 Jan 14;25(2):221-8. (2011)
  • Howe CJ, Cole SR, Chmiel JS, Muñoz A. Limitation of inverse probability-of-censoring weights in estimating survival in the presence of strong selection bias. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Mar 1;173(5):569-77. (2011)
  • Howe CJ, Cole SR, Westreich DJ, Greenland S, Napravnik S, Enron JJ. Splines for trend analysis and continuous confounder control. Epidemiology. 2011 Nov; 22(6): 874-875. (2011)
  • Smith LB, Fadrowski JJ, Howe CJ, Fivush BA, Neu AM, Furth SL. Secondary hyperparathyroidism and anemia in children treated by hemodialysis. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010 Feb;55(2):326-34. (2010)
  • Howe CJ, Cole SR, Napravnik S, Eron JJ. Enrollment, retention, and visit attendance in the University of North Carolina Center for AIDS Research HIV clinical cohort, 2001-2007. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Aug;26(8):875-81. (2010)
  • Howe CJ, Fuller CM, Ompad DC, Galea S, Koblin B, Thomas D, Vlahov D. Association of sex, hygiene and drug equipment sharing with hepatitis C virus infection among non-injecting drug users in New York City. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2005 Sep 1;79(3):389-95. (2005)