• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health

Seattle, WA
United States

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Keshet Ronen, PhD, MPH, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health. Her research interests are in the use of mobile communication technology such as text messaging and social media to improve the health of underserved and hard-to-reach populations, including peripartum women and adolescents in Kenya and the US. She is also interested in the health of gender and sexual minorities. Keshet is passionate about social justice and committed to working with communities to develop strategies to address their priorities and improve health equity.

  • PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
  • BA (Cambridge University (UK))
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Hebrew
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender
  • Health Disparities
  • Implementation Science
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Mental Health
  • Mobile Health (mHealth)
  • Sexuality
  • Sociobehavioral

Simoni JM, Ronen K, Aunon FM. Health Behavior Theory to Enhance eHealth Intervention Research in HIV: Rationale and Review. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 Dec;15(6):423-430. doi: 10.1007/s11904-018-0418-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 30511186; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6324197.

Fairbanks J, Beima-Sofie K, Akinyi P, Matemo D, Unger JA, Kinuthia J, O'Malley G, Drake AL, John-Stewart G, Ronen K. You Will Know That Despite Being HIV Positive You Are Not Alone: Qualitative Study to Inform Content of a Text Messaging Intervention to Improve Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Jul 19;6(7):e10671. doi: 10.2196/10671. PubMed PMID: 30026177; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6072973.

Ronen K, Unger JA, Drake AL, Perrier T, Akinyi P, Osborn L, Matemo D, O'Malley, G, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G. SMS messaging to improve ART adherence: perspectives of pregnant HIV-infected women in Kenya on HIV-related message content. AIDS Care. 2018 Apr;30(4):500-505. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1417971. Epub 2017 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 29254362; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5839109.

Ronen K, McGrath CJ, Langat AC, Kinuthia J, Omolo D, Singa B, Katana AK, NgʼAngʼA LW, John-Stewart G. Gaps in Adolescent Engagement in Antenatal Care and Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Services in Kenya. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Jan 1;74(1):30-37. PubMed PMID: 27599005; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5895459.

Unger JA, Ronen K, Perrier T, DeRenzi B, Slyker J, Drake AL, Mogaka D, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G. Short message service communication improves exclusive breastfeeding and early postpartum contraception in a low-to-middle-income country setting: a randomised trial. BJOG. 2018 Nov;125(12):1620-1629. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15337. Epub 2018 Aug 28. PubMedPMID: 29924912; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6179930.