Patricia Kissinger, PhD
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-7320
Fax: (504) 988-1568

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

STIs/HIV; infectious diseases; women's reproductive health; substance use


Educational Background:

  • PhD, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • MPH, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • BSN, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Professional Achievements:

  • 2006, NCHHSTP Excellence in Innovation Award for work in Expedited Partner Therapy
  • 2005, Leading New Research Award, Tulane University 
  • 2003, Delta Omega Honor Society
  • 1996, Marquette University Alumni Community Service Award
  • 1988, Dorothy LeBlanc Scholarship and Service Award

Selected Publications:

View Dr. Kissinger's publications at her NCBI profile page.

Personal Statement:

Patricia Kissinger received her BS in nursing from Marquette University in 1981. Following graduation, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Democratic Republic of the Congo for three years, working as a coordinator of a rural health zone of 160,000 people. She then came to Tulane to complete her MPH and PhD degrees. Kissinger collaborated with researchers at Johns Hopkins University on a study to examine the rate of HIV perinatal transmission in Haiti, where she worked for four years. She also worked in several countries in Africa as an evaluator for Plan International and as a relief worker for the International Rescue Committee. Her doctoral research focused on the effect of HIV on child mortality in Haiti. In 1992, Kissinger joined the faculty at Louisiana State University in the department of medicine and became the chief epidemiologist at the HIV outpatient clinic in New Orleans where she focused on clinical research. In 1993, Kissinger became an adjunct faculty member in the Tulane department of epidemiology, where she started the HIV/STD track in the department of epidemiology in 1995, and created and coordinated the epidemiology track of the Centers for Disease Control graduate certificate program in 1996. Kissinger started full time at Tulane in 1999 and is presently the principal investigator on several CDC and NIH grants in HIV/STD-related topics. She has mentored many doctoral students who worked with her on research grants she was awarded. The grants she presently works on are: Risk Reduction for Young African American IDUs, a behavioral intervention to prevent douching among adolescent and young women, HIV and HTLVI/II, Alcohol use and HIV infectiousness, West Nile Virus and Pregnancy, Trichomonas vaginalis among HIV infected women.


Level of Instruction:

graduate, undergraduate


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Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809