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Amanda Gabster

BSc MSc PhD

Research Degree Student
PhD

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Amanda was a PhD student from 2017-2021.  Her research focuses on sexually transmitted infections, sexual behaviours, gender, and other determinants of health related to infection among adolescents in the indigenous lands of the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama. She is supervised by Philippe Mayaud (ITD) and Ben Cislaghi (PHP).

Amanda has also worked in Epidemiology of STIs and HIV at the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Panama City since 2012.  She has also directed Community Development Network of the Americas since 2009, a small non-profit organisation in Panama, which focuses on community-based education to prevent infectious disease.  

Amanda studied her Masters in Public Health from the LSHTM DL (2010-2013), and her BSc in Biology from the University of Alberta (2008).

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Centres

Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

Co-facilitator for Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections module in 2019.

Research

  • PI, Barriers and opportunities to ART aherence among HIV positive individuals in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, ICGES
  • PI, Individual, social, cultural, and material factors related to STIs among adolescents of the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panamá, LSHTM/ICGES
  • Coordinator, HIV and other STIs among adolescents in Panama,  ICGES
  • Field coordinator, Epidemiology of HIV-1 in STI Clinic Attendees.
Research Area
Public health
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Disease control
Gender
Ethnography
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Violence
Education
Discipline
Anthropology
Epidemiology
Sociology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted disease
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Panama
Region
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Sexual and reproductive health education and learning among Indigenous youth of the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama
Gabster A; Cislaghi B; Pascale JM; Francis SC; Socha E; Mayaud P
2021
Sex Education
Development of an international sexual and reproductive health survey instrument: results from a pilot WHO/HRP consultative Delphi process.
Kpokiri EE; Wu D; Srinivas ML; Anderson J; Say L; Kontula O; Ahmad NA; Morroni C; Izugbara C; de Visser R
2021
Sex Transm Infect
Prevalence and determinants of genital Chlamydia trachomatis among school-going, sexually experienced adolescents in urban and rural Indigenous regions of Panama.
Gabster A; Mayaud P; Ortiz A; Castillo J; Castillero O; Martínez A; López A; Aizprúa B; Pitano S; Murillo A
2020
Sexually transmitted infections
Using a crowdsourcing open call, hackathon and a modified Delphi method to develop a consensus statement and sexual health survey instrument
Kpokiri E; Wu D; Srinivas M; Anderson J; Say L; Kontula O; Ahmad NA; Morroni C; Izugbara C; de Visser R
2020
Gender norms and sexual behaviours among Indigenous youth of the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama.
Gabster A; Mayaud P; Pascale JM; Cislaghi B
2019
Culture, Health & Sexuality
High Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections, and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors Among Indigenous Adolescents of the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Panama.
Gabster A; Pascale JM; Cislaghi B; Francis SC; Weiss HA; Martinez A; Ortiz A; Herrera M; Herrera G; Gantes C
2019
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Social representations of malaria in the Guna indigenous population of Comarca Guna de Madungandi, Panama
Cáceres L; Calzada JE; Gabster A; Young J; Márquez R; Torres R; Griffith M
2017
Malaria Journal
Distribution of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in Hard Ticks (Ixodida: Ixodidae) from Panamanian Urban and Rural Environments (2007–2013)
Bermúdez SE; Castro AM; Trejos D; García GG; Gabster A; Miranda RJ; Zaldívar Y; Paternina LE
2016
EcoHealth
Correlates of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Adolescents Attending Public High Schools, Panama, 2015
Gabster A; Mohammed DY; Arteaga GB; Castillero O; Mojica N; Dyamond J; Varela M; Pascale JM
2016
PLOS ONE
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