• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
  • Acting Chair, Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue
Box 359932
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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Pamela Kohler holds a joint appointment in Psychosocial and Community Health (School of Nursing) and the Department of Global Health, and she is a co-director of the UW Center for Global Health Nursing. She completed her nursing training at Johns Hopkins University and worked clinically in HIV care and Emergency Departments for seven years. Dr. Kohler received her PhD in Nursing and MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington. Her research explores engagement in HIV care, adolescent HIV service delivery, and access to sex education for pregnancy and STD prevention. She is particularly interested in improving HIV testing and treatment services for adolescents and in working with healthcare providers to improve the quality of HIV and STD service delivery. Through the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in Global Health, Dr. Kohler leads a field epidemiology training program and evaluates STD/HIV treatment and prevention programs and policies in sub- Saharan Africa.

Research interests: Engagement and retention in HIV care; evaluation of STD/HIV programs and health systems; and HIV prevention and treatment in women, adolescents, and children.

  • PhD (University of Washington)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • BSN (Johns Hopkins University)
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Education and Training
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nursing
  • Quality Improvement

Wagner AD, Mugo C, Bluemer-Miroite S, Maingi PM, Wamalwa D, Bukusi D, Neary J, O’Malley G, John-Stewart GC, Slyker JA, Kohler PK. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) intervention improves adolescent HIV knowledge and intent to retest at a youth counseling center in Kenya. AIDS. 2017 Jul 1;31 Suppl 3:S243-S252.

Kohler PK, Marumo E, Jed SL, Mema GM, Galagan S, Dombrowski J, Tapia K, Pillay E, DeKadt J, Naidoo E, Holmes KK. A National Evaluation Using Standardized Patient Actors to Assess Sexually Transmitted Infection Services in Public Sector Clinical Sentinel Surveillance Facilities in South Africa. Sex Trans Infect. 2017 Jan 27 [Epub].

Kohler PK, Ondenge K, Mills LA, Okanda J, Zierler B, Odhiambo F, Olilo G, Laserson KF, Voss J, John-Stewart G. Shame, Guilt and Stress: Community Perceptions of Barriers to Engaging in PMTCT Programs in Western Kenya. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Dec;28(12):643-51

Kohler PK, Chung MH, McGrath CJ, Benki-Nugent SF, Thiga JW, John-Stewart GC. Implementation of free cotrimoxazole prophylaxis improves clinic retention among antiretroviral therapy-ineligible clients in Kenya. AIDS. 2011 Aug 24;25(13):1657-61.

Kohler PK, Manhart LE, Lafferty WE. Abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education and the initiation of sexual activity and teen pregnancy. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Apr;42(4):344-51.