About Me

“I am passionate about enhancing global health equity with clear programmatic and policy implications for socially marginalized populations, particularly those who engage in sex work and people with substance use disorders.”

Kathryn Lancaster is an associate professor in the Department of Implementation Science at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is an infectious diseases and substance use epidemiologist and implementation scientist.

Her research addresses implementation chasms, tests interventions and evaluates impacts on the interrelationships among substance use, including drugs and alcohol, stigma and HIV/HCV/STI in global and domestic settings.

She chairs the Substance Use Working Group within the International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA), where she works with regional representatives and program staff from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to generate real-world evidence on substance use and HIV policy and practice.

Lancaster received her doctorate in epidemiology (PhD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master of public health (MPH) at Tulane University.