Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy

Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy

Kendra HATFIELD-TIMAJCHY | PhD, MPH | Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention, GA | CDC | Division of Reproductive Health


Dr. Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy is a health scientist and project officer at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Reproductive Health in the Women’s Health and Fertility Branch in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, she conducts behavioral science research to better understand the role of individual, couple, family and community factors on health behaviors, with a focus on contraceptive and condom use to reduce unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). She also serves as principle and/or co-investigator on government funded research and oversees contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements at the CDC. 

Prior to this role, Dr. Hatfield-Timajchy served as a team member and activity lead at the CDC, as well as a data analyst. She also served as a PI for research for the Global Migration Task Force for the Zika Response in Georgia, Texas, and California. Even prior to this, she served as a health promotion district coordinator/behavioral scientist for the Health Promotion Team for the Ebola Response in 2015 in Freetown, Port Loko and Kambia, Sierra Leone.



Emory University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Anthropology; Master of Anthropology, 1999; Doctor of Philosophy, 2007

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Public Health, 1991 – Health Behavior and Health Education

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts, 1987

Friends World College International Program Machakos, Kenya, 1985-86 Anthropology Visiting Student


Teaching Experience

1998-2009 Guest lecturer, Emory University, Anthropology & School of Public Health

1998-2003 Facilitator, Strategic Planning, Division of Reproductive Health, CDC

Fall 2003 Co-taught, Medical Anthropology 230, Emory University

Fall 1998 Teaching Assistant, Anthropology 100, Emory University


Positions Held

1995 – Present General member, CDC Behavioral and Social Science Working Group (BSSWG)

2011 – Present Member, Communications and Membership Subcommittee, BSSWG

2011 – 2013 Chair, Communications and Membership Subcommittee, BSSWG

2003 – Present Member, American Anthropological Association, Medical Anthropology Section

2003 – Present Member, Society for Applied Anthropology

2002 – 2007 Member, Board of Directors, Lupus Foundation of America – Georgia Chapter, Atlanta, Georgia

2004 – 2006 President, Board of Directors, Lupus Foundation of America – Georgia Chapter, Atlanta, Georgia

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