Aaron Kipp, PhD
office: ECHI 2219
Dr. Kipp received his BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University. He completed an internship with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in the zoonotic disease section of the Disease Control and Environmental Health Division and then worked for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention assisting with West Nile Virus surveillance. He went on to receive his MSPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 2006, followed by a PhD in Epidemiology in 2009. He immediately joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University as one of the inaugural teaching faculty in Vanderbilt’s doctoral program in Epidemiology which enrolled its first students in 2009. He taught epidemiologic methods for 10 years before leaving to join the faculty at East Carolina University in the Department of Public Health.
His research interests are broadly in the social and behavioral factors that affect access, retention, and adherence to care for various marginalized populations, including people with HIV and, Tuberculosis. His work has included measurement of HIV stigma and its role as a barrier to retention in care and treatment adherence; measurement of TB stigma and its role as a barrier to retention in care and treatment adherence; and trying to ascertain the impact of marijuana use, including motivation for use, on retention in care for people living with HIV. More recently, he has been involved in a Pitt county community-based study of COVID-19 prevention and testing.