Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Valerie Paz-Soldán

Clinical Assistant Professor - International Health & Development, Director - Health Office for Latin America

Contact Info


  • B.A., Stanford, Psychology, 1992
  • M.P.H., San Jose State, Community Health Education, 1996
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Maternal and Child Health, 2003

Academic Experience

  • Associated Researcher, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, 2009-
  • Research Assistant Professor, International Health & Development Department, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), 2004-
  • Special Assistant to Dean on Latin American Affairs, Tulane SPHTM, 2003-2004
  • Special Assistant to Dean on Latin American Affairs, Tulane SPHTM, 2003
  • Instructor, School of Public Health, Univ. of North Carolina, 2003

Research & Teaching Specializations: Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Maternal and Child Health; Peru

Related Experience

  • Social Scientist, Measuring entomological risk for dengue (Dr. Tom Scott’s NIH-funded grant), Iquitos, Peru, 2006-
  • Social Scientist, Development and proof of efficacy of a lethal ovitrap for dengue prevention (Dr. Dawn Wesson’s Gates-funded grant), Peru, Thailand and Trinidad, 2008-
  • Social Scientist, Can insecticide treated curtains prevent dengue transmission? (Dr. Philip McCall’s Wellcome-Trust funded grant), Iquitos, Peru, 2008-
  • Deputy Director, Tulane Framework for Global Health, 2008-
  • Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2004- Board of Directors, Academia Peruana de Salud, 2004-2005


  • Fellow, Center for Evidence Based Global Health, Tulane University SPHTM, 2005
  • Carolina Population Center Pre-doctorate Traineeships, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2001, 2002
  • Mellon Fund Grant, Malawi, 2002
  • Population Policy Communication Fellowship, Population Reference Bureau, Washington, D.C., 2001
  • Mellon Assistantship in Latin American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1999


  • Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2012. “Structural barriers to screenings for and treatment of cervical cancer in Peru.” With Bayer AM, Nussbaum L, and Cabrera L. Reproductive Health Matters 20(40): 50-59.
  • 2011. “Are missed opportunities for health education on Pap smears frequent in Peru?” With Bayer A, Nussbaum L, and Cabrera L. Health Education and Behavior 38(2): 198-209.
  • 2010. “Knowledge and Attitudes of Adult Peruvian Women vis-a-vis Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Cancer, and the HPV Vaccine.” With Lee FH., et al. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. 14 (2): 113-117.
  • 2009. “Sexual behavior and drug consumption among young adults in a shantytown in Lima, Peru.” BMC Public Health. With Gálvez-Buccollini JA, et al. 9 (23):
  • 2009. “Usefulness of commercially available GPS data-loggers for tracking human movement and exposure to dengue virus. “ With Vazquez-Prokopec GM, et al. International Journal of Health Geography. 8: 68.
  • 2009. “The role of human movement in the transmission of vector-borne pathogens.” With Stoddard ST, et al. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 3 (7): e481.
  • 2008. “Direct observation of hygiene in a Peruvian shantytown: Not enough hand washing and too little water.” Tropical Medicine and International Health. With Oswald WE, et al. 13 (11): 1421-1428.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 1