Molly Forrest Franke
Molly Forrest Franke, SD
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Franke applies robust epidemiologic methods to intractable conditions disproportionately affecting poor people in diverse settings around the world. Her research spans infectious diseases (tuberculosis [TB], HIV, cholera) and chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, depression) and focuses on the identification of effective care delivery strategies for patients with these conditions.

Research Interests

  • Community-based accompaniment interventions
  • Pediatric tuberculosis
  • Interventions to improve outcomes for adolescents living with HIV
  • Cholera prevention and transmission elimination
  • Application of causal inference methods to observational data

Current Projects

  • Alternative specimen types for pediatric tuberculosis diagnosis
  • Diagnostic and treatment delays in pediatric tuberculosis
  • Effectiveness and safety of bedaquiline and delamanid among patients with multidrug-resistant TB (endTB project)
  • Targeted elimination of cholera transmission in rural Haiti
  • Adolescent-friendly rap videos to improve health literacy among HIV-positive youth in urban Peru

Dr. Franke earned a BA degree in sociology and Spanish from Colby College. She then went to work as a research analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Epidemiology & Immunization Surveillance Program and as a research assistant with Partners In Health in Lima, Peru. While pursuing her doctoral degree in epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she conducted field research at Partners In Health sites in Peru and Rwanda. She joined the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in 2010. In addition to pursuing independent research, Dr. Franke is a member of the Global Health Research Core. In this role, she serves as lead epidemiologist and analyst for multiple research projects of the Global Health Delivery Partnership, including projects based in Haiti, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico.

Culture Conversion at 6 Months in Patients Receiving Delamanid-containing Regimens for the Treatment of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis.
Authors: Authors: Seung KJ, Khan P, Franke MF, Ahmed S, Aiylchiev S, Alam M, Putri FA, Bastard M, Docteur W, Gottlieb G, Hewison C, Islam S, Khachatryan N, Kotrikadze T, Khan U, Kumsa A, Lecca L, Tassew YM, Melikyan N, Naing YY, Oyewusi L, Rich M, Wanjala S, Yedilbayev A, Huerga H, Mitnick CD.
Clin Infect Dis
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Food insecurity as a risk factor for preterm birth: a prospective facility-based cohort study in rural Haiti.
Authors: Authors: Richterman A, Raymonville M, Hossain A, Millien C, Joseph JP, Jerome G, Franke MF, Ivers LC.
BMJ Glob Health
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Time Dependent Confounding in Tuberculosis Treatment Outcome Analyses: A Review of a Source of Bias.
Authors: Authors: Rodriguez CA, Sy KTL, Mitnick CD, Franke MF.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med
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High prevalence of hepatitis C infection among multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients.
Authors: Authors: Seung KJ, Franke MF, Hewison C, Huerga H, Khan U, Mitnick CD.
J Hepatol
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Observational stepped-wedge analysis of a community health worker-led intervention for diabetes and hypertension in rural Mexico.
Authors: Authors: Worster DT, Franke MF, Bazúa R, Flores H, García Z, Krupp J, Maza J, Palazuelos L, Rodríguez K, Newman PM, Palazuelos D.
BMJ Open
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Outcomes of a primary care mental health implementation program in rural Rwanda: A quasi-experimental implementation-effectiveness study.
Authors: Authors: Smith SL, Franke MF, Rusangwa C, Mukasakindi H, Nyirandagijimana B, Bienvenu R, Uwimana E, Uwamaliya C, Ndikubwimana JS, Dorcas S, Mpunga T, Misago CN, Iyamuremye JD, Dusabeyezu JD, Mohand AA, Atwood S, Osrow RA, Aldis R, Daimyo S, Rose A, Coleman S, Manzi A, Kayiteshonga Y, Raviola GJ.
PLoS One
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Lifetime Changes in CD4 T-cell count, Viral Load Suppression and Adherence Among Adolescents Living With HIV in Urban Peru.
Authors: Authors: Rodriguez CA, Kolevic L, Ramos A, Wong M, Munoz M, Patel K, Franke MF.
Pediatr Infect Dis J
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Diagnostic accuracy of molecular detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in pediatric stool samples: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Authors: Authors: Mesman AW, Rodriguez C, Ager E, Coit J, Trevisi L, Franke MF.
Tuberculosis (Edinb)
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Performance of a household tuberculosis exposure survey among children in a Latin American setting.
Authors: Authors: Coit J, Mendoza M, Pinedo C, Marin H, Chiang SS, Lecca L, Franke M.
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis
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Understanding health-related behavior among adolescents living with HIV in Lima, Peru.
Authors: Authors: Rodriguez CA, Valle E, Galea J, Wong M, Kolevic L, Muñoz M, Lecca L, Franke MF.
BMC Pediatr
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