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Emma Sophia Kay

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Emma Sophia Kay
Emma Sophia Kay received her PhD in social work at the University of Alabama in 2018. She has a strong research interest in HIV, particularly as it interfaces with healthcare policy. Her research investigates the association between healthcare payer type and HIV health outcomes, including viral suppression and retention in care, and seeks to bring attention to the impact that healthcare policy has on people living with HIV. In 2017-2018 she was one of five doctoral students selected by the National Association of Social Workers to receive the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) fellowship.. Prior to joining the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Dr. Kay conducted research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)'s Center for AIDS Research, where she gained experience working with medical records data and large data sets. 

Research Interests/Focus

HIV health outcomes; health policy; access to healthcare; health equity


Year Degree   School
2018 PhD Social Work University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
2014 MSW Social Work University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
2009 BS Biological Sciences University of Alabama, Huntsville

Kay, E. S., Batey, D. B., Westfall, A. O., Christopoulos, K., Cole, S. R., Geng, E. H, Mathews, W. C. Moore, R. D., & Mugavero, M. J. (2019). Compound retention in care and all-cause mortality among people living with HIV. Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

Kay, E. S., Lacombe-Duncan, A., & Pinto, R. M. (2019). Predicting retention in HIV primary care: Is there a missed visits continuum based on patient characteristics? AIDS and Behavior.

Lacombe-Duncan, A., Bauer, G. R., Logie, C. H., Newman, P. A., Shokoohi, M., Kay, E. S, Persad, Y., O’Brien, N., Kaida, A., de Pokomandy, A., & Loutfy, M. (2019). The HIV care cascade among transgender women with HIV in Canada: A mixed-methods study. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 33(7), 308-322.

Pinto, R., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Kay, E. S., & Berringer, K. (2019). Expanding knowledge about implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis: A methodological review. AIDS and Behavior.

Kay, E. S., Lacombe-Duncan, A., & Pinto, R. (2019). Predicting retention in HIV primary care: Is there a missed visits continuum based on patient characteristics? AIDS and Behavior.

Kay, E. S., & Curington, A. M. (2018). Preparing Masters students for social work practice: The perspective of field instructors. Social Work Education.

Kay, E. S., Batey, D. S., & Mugavero, M. J. (2018). The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program: Supplementary service provision post-Affordable Care Act. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 32(7), 265-271.

Wilson, T. E., Kay, E. S., Turan, B., Johnson, M. O., Kempf, M., Cohen, M., ...Metsch, L. R. (2018). Health care empowerment and HIV viral control: Mediating roles of adherence and retention in care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(6), 756-764.

Smith, B. D., Kay, E. S., & Pressley, T. D. (2018). Child maltreatment in rural southern counties: Another perspective on race, poverty and child welfare. Child Abuse and Neglect, 80, 52-61.

Kay, E. S., Rice, W. S., Crockett, K. B., Atkins, G. C., Batey, D. S., & Turan, B. (2018). Experienced HIV-related stigma in healthcare and community settings: Mediated associations with psychosocial and health outcomes. Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes, 77(3), 257-263.

Murphree, J., Batey, D. S., Kay, E. S., Westfall, A. O., & Mugavero, M. J. (2018). Suboptimal retention in care among recently released prisoners: Implications for social workers in HIV primary care. AIDS and Behavior, 23(2), 427-432.

Burlaka, V., Jin Kim, Y., Crutchfield, J. M., Lefmann, T. A., & Kay, E. S. (2017). Predictors of Internalizing Behaviors in Ukrainian Children. Family Relations, 66(5), 854-866.

Lichtenstein, B., Kay, E. S., Klinger, I., & Mutchler, M. G. (2017). “Ricky and Lucy”: Gender stereotyping among young black men who have sex with men in the US Deep South and the implications for HIV risk in a severely affected population. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 20(3), 351-365.

Smith, B., Kay, E. S., & Womack, B. G. (2017). How can county-level maltreatment report rates better inform child welfare practice? Children and Youth Services Review, 79, 341-347.

Brown, E. L., Ruggiano, N., Li, J., Clarke, P. J., Kay, E. S., & Hristidis, V. (2017). Smartphone-based health technologies for dementia care: Opportunities, challenges, and current practices. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Kay, E. S., Batey, D. S., & Mugavero, M. J. (2016). The HIV treatment cascade and care continuum: Updates, goals, and recommendations for the future. AIDS Research and Therapy, 13(35).

Kay, E. S., & Lichtenstein, B. (2016). “One size fits all, depending on the situation”: HIV counseling on disclosure to sexual partners. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 16(3), 269-286.

Kay, E. S., & Smith, B. D. (2016). State-level HIV criminalization laws: Social construction of target populations? Journal of Policy Practice, 16(2), 133-146.

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