Penn Center for AIDS Research

Elizabeth Lowenthal

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Faculty, Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania
Investigator, Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training (CPeRT), University of Pennsylvania
Executive Committee, Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
Director, Developmental Core, Penn Center for AIDS Research
Scholar, Penn Center for Global Health (CGH)
Senior Fellow, Penn Implementation Science Center (PISCE), University of Pennsylvania
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, Room 11241
734 Schuykill Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 267-426-2306
Fax: 267-426-0380
B.A. (Biology)
Augustana College, 1995.
MD (Medicine)
Baylor College of Medicine, 2000.
MSCE (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania, 2012.
Post-Graduate Training
Pediatrics Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Affiliated Hospitals, 2000-2003.
General Pediatrics Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2008-2010.
American Board of Pediatrics, 2003.
American Academy of HIV Medicine, 2011.
American College of Epidemiology, 2013.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Lowenthal is a pediatrician with expertise in pediatric and adolescent HIV care. Between 2004 and 2008, she was the Clinic Director of the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence (Botswana, Africa), providing care and treatment for over 1500 HIV-infected children and adolescents. She is currently a staff physician at the Special Immunology Family Care Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she provides both general pediatric care and HIV-related care.

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Lowenthal's research is focused on issues of importance to international child health. The majority of her work relates to the care and treatment children and adolescents who are affected by HIV. She is currently Principal Investigator for two NIH R01 awards and an NIH training grant. She has active research collaborations in Botswana and the Dominican Republic. Her studies incorporate mixed-methods approaches and have included large cohort studies, clinical trials, and qualitative research. Dr. Lowenthal is a passionate mentor of junior investigators, particularly those focused on issues of importance to child health in resource-limited settings. She is a member of the Treatment Scientific Committee for the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network and a member of the NIH-sponsored Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA). At CHOP, she is Research Director for Global Health and Director of the Global Health Research Affinity Group. She is also the Director of the Developmental Core for the Penn Center for AIDS Research.

Selected Publications

Amelia E. Van Pelt, J. Cobb Scott, Knashawn H. Morales, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Ruben C. Gur, Ontibile Tshume, Boitumelo Thuto, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal, Tyler M. Moore: Structural Validity of a Computerized Neurocognitive Battery for Youth Affected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Botswana. Psychological Assessment. American Psychological Association, 34(2): 139-146, February 2022.

Amelia E. Van Pelt, Rinad S. Beidas, J. Cobb Scott, Tyler M. Moore, Charisse V. Ahmed, Knashawn H. Morales, Boitumelo Thuto, Ontibile Tshume, Ruben C. Gur, John H. Holmes, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Acceptability of a computerized neurocognitive battery to identify cognitive impairments among children and adolescents in Botswana. Global Implementation Research and Applications November 2021 Notes:

Merrian J. Brooks, Bathusi K. Phetogo,Hannah Schwennesen, Onkemetse Phoi, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Building a Community Based Mental Health Program for Adolescents in Botswana: Stakeholder Feedback. Community Mental Health Journal November 2021 Notes:

Elizabeth D. Lowenthal, Rachel Ohrenshall, Neo Moshashane, Boineelo Bula, Jennifer Chapman, Tafireyi Marukutira, Ontibile Tshume, Robert Gross, Seipone Mphele: Reasons for Discordance between Antiretroviral Adherence Measures in Adolescents. AIDS Care in press, August 2021 Notes:

Elizabeth D Lowenthal, Mitchelle Matesva, Tafireyi Marukutira, One Bayani, Jennifer Chapman, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Meredith Hickson, Robert Gross: Psychological Reactance is a Novel Risk Factor for Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Failure. AIDS and Behavior 25(5): 1474-1479, April 2021.

Harriet Okatch, Knashawn H. Morales, Rachel Rogers, Jennifer Chapman, Tafireyi Marukutira, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Robert Gross, Elizabeth D. Lowenthal: Trends in HIV treatment adherence before and after HIV status disclosure to adolescents in Botswana. Journal of Adolescent Health. SAHM, 67(4), October 2020 Notes:

Maria Dunn, Ryan M Close, Steven G McKee, Elizabeth D Lowenthal: Evaluation of Iron Intake in Preschool Children in a Setting with High Anemia Burden. International Health. Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (eds.). Oxford University Press, in press, January 2020.

Harriet Okatch, Kaylin Beiter, Jessica Eby, Jennifer Chapman, Tafireyi Marukutira, Ontibile Tshume, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Gabriel Anabwani, Robert Gross, Elizabeth Lowenthal: Apparent Antiretroviral Over-adherence by Pill Count is Associated with HIV Treatment Failure in Adolescents. JAIDS 72(5): 542-5, August 2016.

Elizabeth Lowenthal, Tafireyi Marukutira, Ontibile Tshume, Jennifer Chapman, Jean Nachega, Gabriel Anabwani, Robert Gross: Parental Absence from Clinic Predicts Virologic Failure in Adolescents in Botswana JAMA Pediatrics 169(5): 498-500, March 2015.

Elizabeth D Lowenthal, Jonas H Ellenberg, Edwin Machine, Aditi Sagdeo, Sefalani Boiditswe, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Richard Rutstein, Gabriel Anabwani, Robert Gross: Association Between Efavirenz-Based Compared with Nevirapine-Based Antiretroviral Regimens and Virologic Failure in HIV-Infected Children. JAMA 309(17): 1803-1809, May 2013.

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