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Amelia Van Pelt, PhD, MPH

Amelia Van Pelt, PhD, MPH


Amy Van Pelt is a postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. She supports the Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) and the Implementation Science in Philadelphia to End the HIV Epidemic Regionally Scientific Working Group (ISPHERE SWG), funded by the Center for AIDS Research. She holds additional appointments as an associate fellow at LDI, the Penn Center for Global Health, and the Center for Public Health Initiatives. Amy has experience in research and applied work in Latin America and Africa and surveillance on a global scale. Her skills extend from laboratory sciences to statistical analyses, and she has collaborated with interdisciplinary teams in academic, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Her research interests include global health, infectious diseases, and outbreak response. She is building a research program at the intersection of epidemiology and implementation science in resource-limited settings. Specifically, she aims to collaborate with stakeholders to increase the uptake of evidence-based practices for infectious diseases in humanitarian emergencies. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Global Health, Culture, and Society, a certificate in Leadership, and a Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Award.