Rachel Kidman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Global Health Systems and Development
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-3659
Fax: (504) 988-3653







Research Interests:

Orphans and vulnerable children; HIV and AIDS; program evaluation; social epidemiology


Educational Background:

  • PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
  • MSc, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • BA, Swarthmore College


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

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., 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.

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. 


Personal Statement:

Rachel Kidman’s research focus is on the development of appropriate social interventions to help protect the welfare of children affected by AIDS. Her work is currently focused on longitudinal evaluations of community-based programs for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Past work includes 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.

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