Valerie Paz-Soldan




Valerie Paz-Soldan, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Global Health Systems and Development
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Casa Hontanar – 3er piso
Avda. Armendariz 497
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Phone: +51-1-247-9779 



Research Interests:

Communicable diseases; dengue; maternal health; population; reproductive behavior; public health research and service in Latin America 


Educational Background:

  • PhD, maternal and child health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • MPH, community health education, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
  • BA, psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Professional Achievements:

  • 1995-present American Public Health Association
  • 2000-present Population Association of America
  • 2001-present Academia Peruana de Salud
  • 2004-2005 Board of Directors, Academia Peruana de Salud
  • 2007-present-American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • 1996 Outstanding Service to the Health Science Department, San Jose State University
  • 1996 Outstanding Master's Project, San Jose State University
  • 1999 Andrew Mellon Assistantship in Latin American Studies
  • 2000 Population Summer Internship Fellowship
  • 2001 Population Policy Communication Fellowship, Population Reference Bureau, Washington, DC
  • 2001 Compton Population Fellow
  • 2001 Carolina Population Center Pre-doctorate Traineeship
  • 2002 Carolina Population Center Pre-doctorate Traineeship
  • 2003 Nominated for UNC Boka Hadzija Graduate Student Award for outstanding character, scholarship and leadership
  • 2004 Director, Tulane Health Office for Latin America
  • 2005, Associated Researcher, Asociación Benéfica PRISMA, Lima, Peru
  • 2005 Fellow, Center for Evidence Based Global Health, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2007 Member, Vector Borne Disease Initiative, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2008 Deputy Director, Tulane Office of Global Health
  • 2009 Associate Researcher, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
  • 2010 ASTMH Global Health Pre-Meeting Certificate Course Planning Committee


Selected Publications:

 Vazquez-Prokopec GM, Paz-Soldan VA, Stoddard ST, Morrison AC, Elder JP, Kochel TJ, Scott TW, Kitron U. Linking fine scale human mobility and social contacts to understand infectious disease dynamics within a resource-poor urban center. Accepted for publication in PLoS One.

Stoddard ST, Forshey BM, Morrison AC, Paz Soldan VA, Vazquez-Prokopec GM, Astete H, Reiner RC, Vilcarromero S, Elder JP, Halsey E, Kochel TJ, Kitron U, Scott TW. House-to-house human movement drives dengue virus transmission. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013 January; 110(3): 994-999.


Paz-Soldan VA, Bisika T, deGraft-Johnson J, Tsui AO. Community, social group, and individual level correlates of rural Malawian men’s and women’s reproductive health intentions and practices. African Journal of Reproductive Health, September 2012; 16(3): 56-66.

Paz-Soldan VA, Hoffman I, deGraft-Johnson J, Bisika T, Kazembe P, Feluzi H, Banda T, Tsui AO.  STI Screening, Case and Contact Treatment, and Condom Promotion Resulting in STI Reduction Two Years Later in Rural Malawi. Malawi Medical Journal, March 2012; 24(1): 8-13.

Paz-Soldan VA, Nussbaum L, Bayer A, Cabrera L. Low knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical Pap smears among women in Peru, and their ideas of how this could be improved. International Quarterly for Community Health Education 2010-2011; 31(3): 245-63.

Bayer A, Nussbaum L, Cabrera L, Paz-Soldan VA. Are missed opportunities for health education on Pap smears frequent in Peru? Health Education and Behavior 2011 Apr, 38(2): 198-209.

Paz-Soldan VA, Plasai V, Morrison AC, Rios-Lopez EJ, Guedez-Gonzales S, Grieco JP, Mundal K, Chareonviriyaphap T, and Achee NL. Initial assessment of the acceptability of a push-pull Ae. aegypti control strategy in Iquitos, Peru and Kanchanaburi, Thailand. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2011 Apr, 84(2): 208-217.

Paz Soldán VA, Stoddard S, Morrison A, Elder J, Vasquez-Prokopec G, Kitron U, Scott T.  Assessing and maximizing the acceptability of GPS device use for studying the role of human movement in dengue virus transmission in Iquitos, Peru. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2010 Apr, 82(4): 723-30.

Pouliot SH, Xiong X, Harville E, Paz-Soldan V, Tomashek K, Breart G, Buekens P. Dengue and pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review.  Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 2009, 65(2): 107-118.

Vazquez-Prokopec GM, Stoddard ST, Paz-Soldan V, Morrison AC, Elder JP, Scott TW, Kitron U. Usefulness of commercially available GPS data-loggers for tracking human movement and exposure to dengue virus. International Journal of Health Geography 2009, 8:68 (30 November 2009).

Lee FH, Paz-Soldan VA, Carcamo C, Garcia PJ. Knowledge and Attitudes of Adult Peruvian Women vis-a-vis Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Cancer, and the HPV Vaccine. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease 2010 Apr, 14(2): 113-117.

Stoddard ST, Morrison AC, Vazquez-Prokopec GM, Paz Soldan V, Kochel TJ, Kitron U, Elder JP, Scott TW. The role of human movement in the transmission of vector-borne pathogens. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2009;3(7): e481.

Galvez-Buccollini JA, DeLea S, Herrera P, Gilman RH, Paz Soldan V. Sexual behavior and drug consumption among young adults in a Latin American shantytown.  BMC Public Health, 9:23 (19 January 2009).

Oswald WE, Hunter GC, Lescano AG, Cabrera L, Leontsini E, Pan W, Paz Soldan V, Gilman RH. Direct observation of hygiene in a Peruvian shantytown:  Not enough hand washing and too little water. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2008, 13(11): 1421-1428.

Paz Soldan VA, Lee F, Carcamo C, Holmes KK, Garnett G, Garcia P.  Who is getting Pap smears in urban Peru? International Journal of Epidemiology 2008, 37: 862-869.

Galvez-Buccollini JA, Paz Soldan V, Herrera P, DeLea S, Gilman RH, Anthony JC. The association between sex-related alcohol expectancies, heavy episodic drinking and sexual risk among young adult men in a Lima shantytown.  International Family Planning Perspectives 2008, 34(1): 15-20.

Paz Soldán VA, Bisika T, DeGraft-Johnson J, Tsui AO. Social, Economic and Demographic Determinants of Sexual Risk Behaviors among Men in Malawi: A District Level Study.  African Journal of Reproductive Health 2007, 11(2): 33-46.

deGraft-Johnson J, Paz Soldan V, Kasote A, Tsui A. HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing Service Preferences in a Rural Malawi Population. AIDS and Behavior 2005, 9(4): 475-484.

Paz Soldan VA. How Family Planning Ideas are Spread within Social Groups in Rural Malawi. Studies in Family Planning 2004, 35(4), 275-290.


Personal Statement:

I am working primarily on projects related to social sciences as applied to dengue prevention and control, with a specific focus on studying behaviors that may put people at risk, or alternately reduce their risk, for dengue infection.  My research in Peru currently focuses on two areas: 1) examining the role of human movement in affecting people's relative risk for dengue, which includes finding ways to measure human movement, and controlling for the effect of movement on evaluations of interventions for dengue prevention; and 2) assessing acceptability and use of new interventions to control dengue transmission (insecticide treated curtains and insect traps).  I work closely with colleagues from different disciplines studying ways to prevent and control dengue, and use qualitative and quantitative research techniques for my work, which is mostly taking place in Iquitos, Peru at this time.  For my doctoral dissertation, I examined the role of social groups as a setting in which ideas about reproductive health may be diffused in Malawi, using various qualitative and quantitative techniques to the diffusion mechanisms in the different types of groups.  I would also like to continue to examine the role of social networks in encouraging or serving as barriers to certain health behaviors, with a focus on vector-borne disease prevention.   


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