Curriculum Vitae


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Lisa Johnston has expertise as an international technical advisor in the following areas:

· Sampling hard-to-reach populations (i.e., men who have sex with men, transgender persons, youth, people who inject drugs, sex workers and their clients, mobile/migrant populations) using Respondent-driven sampling (RDS), time location sampling (TLS) and other sampling methods to measure HIV and other infections, sexual and other behaviors, stigma and discrimination, program coverage, etc.

· Population size estimations of hard-to-reach populations using multipliers, capture-recapture, Successive Sampling population size estimations, mapping and other methods.

· Epidemiology, program monitoring and evaluation, design and implementation of prevention strategies, survey design, curricula development/training, supervision, management and data analysis.


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, International Health and Development - Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA. 6/2004.

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Public Health, Population and Family Health/Epidemiology-University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 12/1995. Award: UCLA Dean's Fellowship.

MASTER OF ARTS, International Affairs - George Washington University, Washington, DC, 5/1987.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, History - University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 5/1984.


· Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACCESS, SPSS, STATA, SPECTRUM, HIV Modes of Transmission model, Asian Epidemic Model, RDSAT, RDS Analyst.

· Working in English, Spanish and French.



Consultancies for the following organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Family Health International; Universities: UNDP; UNODC; UNICEF; USAID; UNAIDS; Clinton Initiative; WHO, etc.

· Conduct HIV and other infections biological and behavioral surveillance among hard-to-reach populations using adaptive sampling methods.

· Develop and conduct population size estimation techniques to measure the sizes of hard-to-reach populations.

· Conduct qualitative research to determine most appropriate measurement and sampling strategies given the population and country contexts.

· Analyze, synthesize and evaluate data to write training manuals, protocols, guidance, workbooks, country reports, peer-reviewed journal articles and other actionable materials.

· Test, review, and develop questionnaires and indicators for measuring HIV and other infections, sexual behavior, program coverage, stigma and discrimination and other related content areas.

· Monitoring and evaluate programs related to HIV and services for hard-to-reach populations.

· Analyze and triangulate data, use modeling programs (AIDS epidemic model, Spectrum) to assess city, regional and country level HIV and program impact


Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

· Conduct annual course on sampling and population size estimation techniques to sample and estimate the population sizes of hard-to-reach populations.

· Provide technical assistance on conducting surveys of hard-to-reach populations using RDS and TLS.

· Supervise graduate and doctoral students conducting research projects.

· Conduct analysis and write papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.

SENIOR ANALYST, 9/09-9/13; CONSULTANT, 9/13-present

University of California, San Francisco, Global Health Sciences

· Provide training, technical assistance and supervision worldwide to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to measure, monitor and evaluate HIV and other infections prevalence and risk behaviors and guide prevention strategies among key populations.

· Write technical manuals on data analysis, HIV prevention, sampling and population size estimation and write papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.


New Mexico Department of Health, Bureau of Infectious Diseases, Santa Fe, NM

· Supervised administrative/financial responsibilities (strategic and management planning, program monitoring and evaluation, budget oversight and allocation, proposal, contract/protocol development and writing, supervision of technical and administrative staff, and grant management) for New Mexico’s TB/refugee health programs.

· Coordinated with health clinics, state/private physicians, legal staff, law enforcement agencies, public health facilities in southwestern US and Mexico, and other entities to ensure and manage directly observed therapy, treatment completion and contact investigation.

· Coordinated with HIV, STI, immunization programs to develop reports and strategic planning; served as state representative on border health issues (TX, NM, CA and Mexico).


University of New Mexico (UNM), Department of Emergency Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico

· Managed epidemiological research grants/projects (protocol and budget oversight and development, data collection and analysis, contract requirements, IRB negotiations, staff supervision, etc.).

· Oversaw all phases of research projects related to posttraumatic stress disorder.

· Coordinated and conducted structured group and individual cognitive behavioral treatment therapy sessions for traumatized survivors of sexual violence.

· Conducted statistical analyses and interpreted findings for journal articles, reports and presentations.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (First, second or last author only)

McLaughlin KR, Johnston LG, Gamble L, Papoyan A, Grigoryan T. Use and interpretation of population size estimations among hidden populations using successive sampling in respondent driven sampling surveys. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2019.

Johnston LG, Soe PM, Aung MY, Ammassari S. Estimating the population size of males who inject drugs in Myanmar: Methods for obtaining township and national estimates. AIDS Behav. 2018.

Hakim AJ, Johnston LG, Dittrich S, et al. Defining and surveying key populations at risk of HIV infection: Towards a unified approach to eligibility criteria for respondent-driven sampling HIV biobehavioral surveys. International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2018

Johnston LG, Bonilla L, Caballero T, et al. Associations of HIV testing, sexual risk and access to prevention among female sex workers in Dominican Republic. AIDS Behav. 2017. 21(8):2362-2371.

Johnston LG, Sass J, Acaba J, Cheng WS, Mark Prabhu S. Ensuring inclusion of adolescent key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure: Recommendations for Conducting Biological Behavioral Surveillance Surveys. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2017. 20:3(2).

Johnston LG, Mon MM, Steinhaus M, Sass J. Correlates of forced sex among young men who have sex with men in Yangon and Monywa, Myanmar. Arch Sex Behav. 2017. 46(4):1001-1010

Johnston LG, McLaughlin KR, Rouhani S, Bartels S. Measuring a hidden population: A novel technique to estimate the population size of women with sexual violence-related pregnancies in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. 2017. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 7(1): 45-53.

Johnston LG, McFarland W, Sabin ML et al. The importance of measuring self-reported HIV status in bio-behavioural surveys. Bull World Health Organ. 2016. 94(8): 557-632.

Johnston LG, Hakim AJ, Dittrich S, et al. A systematic review of published Respondent-Driven Sampling surveys collecting behavioral and biologic data. AIDS Behav. 2016. 20(8):1754-76

Johnston LG, Steinhaus MC, Sass J, et al. Recent HIV Testing Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Bangkok and Chiang Mai: HIV Testing and Prevention Strategies Must Be Enhanced in Thailand. AIDS Behav. 2016. 20(9):2023-32.

Stahlman S, Johnston LG, Yah C, et al. Respondent-driven sampling as a recruitment method for men who have sex with men in southern sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional analysis by wave. Sex Transm Infect. 2016. 92(4):292-8

Johnston LG, Oumzil H, El Rhilani H, et al. Sex Differences in HIV prevalence, behavioral risks and prevention needs among anglophone and francophone sub-Saharan African migrants living in Rabat, Morocco. AIDS Behav. 2016. 20(4):746-53.

Johnston LG, McLaughlin KR, El Rhilani et al. A novel method for estimating the size of hidden populations using respondent-driven sampling data: Case examples from Morocco. 2015. Epidemiology. 26 (6), 846–852.

McLaughlin KR, Johnston LG, Handcock MS. Inference for the visibility distribution for respondent-driven sampling. 2015. Joint Statistical Meetings Proceedings, Social Statistics Section. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association. 2259-2267.

Tran HV, Le LV, Johnston LG, Nadol P, Van Do A, Tran HT, Nguyen TA. Sampling Males Who Inject Drugs in Haiphong, Vietnam: Comparison of Time-Location and Respondent-Driven Sampling Methods. J Urban Health. 2015. 92(4):744-57

White R, Hakim A, Salganik M, Spiller M, Johnston LG, et al. Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology for respondent-driven sampling studies: ‘‘STROBE-RDS’’ statement. J Clinical Epidemiology. 2015. 68. 1463e1471

Sabin K, Johnston LG. Epidemiological Challenges to the Assessment of HIV Burdens among key populations: respondent driven sampling, time location sampling and demographic and health surveys. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2014. 9(2):101-6.

Gile KJ, Johnston LG, Salganik MJ. Diagnostics for Respondent-driven Sampling. J Royal Statistical Society. 2015. 178 (1): 241–269.

Johnston LG, Grigoryan S, Papoyan A, Grigoryan T, et al. High HIV and HCV and the unmet needs of People who Inject Drugs in Yerevan Armenia. International J Drug Policy. 2014. 25: 740-743.

Gyarmathy AV, Johnston LG, Caplinskiene I, Caplinskas S, Latkin CA. A simulative comparison of respondent driven sampling with incentivized snowball sampling - the "strudel effect". Drug Alc Depend. 1(135):71-7.

Johnston LG, Alami K, El Rhilani MH, et al. HIV, syphilis and sexual risk behaviours among men who have sex with men in Agadir and Marrakesh, Morocco. Sex Transm Infect. 2013. 89 Suppl 3:iii45-8.

Johnston LG, Caballero TV, Dolores Y, Vales HM. HIV, Hepatitis B/C and syphilis prevalence and risk behaviors among gay/trans/men who have sex with men, Dominican Republic. Int J STD AIDS. 2013. 24(4):313-321.

Zohrabyan L, Johnston LG, et al. Determinants of HIV infection among Female Sex Workers in two cities in the Republic of Moldova: The role of injection drug use and sexual risk. AIDS Behav. 2013. 17(8):2588-96.

Zohrabyan L, Johnston LG, et al. HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis Prevalence and Correlates of condom use during anal sex among men who have sex with men in the Republic of Moldova. Int J STD AIDS. 2013. 24 (5):357-364.

Johnston LG, Chen YH, Silva-Santisteban A, Raymond AH. An empirical examination of Respondent Driven Sampling design effects among HIV risk groups from studies conducted around the world. AIDS Behav. 2013. 17(6):2202-10.

Johnston LG, Prybylski D, Raymond HF, et al. Incorporating the service multiplier method in respondent driven sampling surveys to estimate the size of hidden and hard-to-reach populations: Case studies from around the world. Sex Transm Dis. 2013. 40(4):304-10

Montealegre JR, Johnston LG, Murrill C, Monterroso E. Respondent Driven Sampling for HIV Biological and Behavioral Surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean. AIDS Behav. 2013. 17(7):313-340.

Johnston LG, Corceal S. Unexpectedly high HIV and Hepatitis C prevalence among female sex workers in Republic of Mauritius: Strong association with injecting drug use. AIDS Behav. 2013. 17(2):574-84.

Johnston LG, Paz Bailey G, Morales-Miranda S, et al. High Prevalence of M. genitalium among Female sex workers in Honduras: Implications for the spread of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. Int J STD AIDS. 2012. 23(1):5-11.

McCreesh N, Johnston LG, Copas A, et al. Evaluation of the role of location and distance in recruitment in respondent-driven sampling. Int J Health Geogr. 2012, 10:56.

Johnston LG, Saumtally A, Corceal S, et al. High HIV and hepatitis C prevalence amongst injecting drug users in Mauritius: Findings from a population size estimation and respondent driven sampling survey. International J Drug Policy. 2011. 22(4):252-8.

Taran YS, Johnston LG, Pohorilac NB, Saliuk T. Correlates of HIV risk among Injecting Drug Users in sixteen Ukrainian Cities. AIDS Behav. 2011. 15(1):65-74.

Dahoma M, Johnston LG, Holman A, et al. HIV, viral hepatitis, syphilis and associated risk behaviors among men who Have sex with men in Zanzibar, Tanzania. AIDS Behav. 2011;15(1):186-92.

Townsend L, Johnston LG, Fisher A, et al. Effectiveness of Respondent-Driven Sampling to Recruit High Risk Heterosexual Men Who Have Multiple Female Sexual Partners: Differences in HIV Prevalence and Sexual Risk Behaviours Measured at Two Time Points. AIDS Behav. 2010. 14(6):1330-1339.

Johnston LG, Holman A, Dahoma M, et al. HIV risk and the overlap of injecting drug use and high-risk sexual behaviours among men who have sex with men in Zanzibar (Unguja), Tanzania. 2010. Int J Drug Policy. 21:485–492.

Johnston LG, Sabin K. Échantillonnage déterminé selon les répondants pour les populations difficiles à joindre (in French) or Sampling hard-to-reach populations with respondent driven sampling (In English). Method Innov Online. 2010. 5(2):38-48.

Johnston LG, Whitehead S, Simic M, Kendall, C. Formative research to optimize Respondent Driven Sampling surveys among hard to reach populations in HIV behavioral and biological surveillance: Lessons learned from four case studies. AIDS Care. 2010. 22(6):784-92.

Johnston LG, Sabin K, Prybylski. Update for sampling most-at-risk and hidden populations for HIV biological and behavioral surveillance. J of HIV/AIDS Surveillance & Epidemiology. 2010. 2(1).

Uusküla A, Johnston LG, Raag M, et al. Evaluating recruitment among Female Sex Workers and Injecting Drug Users at Risk for HIV using Respondent Driven Sampling in Estonia. J Urban Health. 2010. 87(2):304-17.

Johnston LG, Thurman TR, Mock N, et al. Respondent-driven sampling: A new method for studying street children with findings from Albania. Vul Child Youth Studies. 2010. 5(1):1-11.

Johnston LG, O’Bra H, Chopra M, et al. The associations of voluntary counseling and testing acceptance and the perceived likelihood of being HIV-infected among men with multiple sex partners in a South African township. AIDS Behav. 2010. 14(4):922-931.

Johnston LG, Trummal A, Lõhmus L, Ravalepik A. Efficacy of convenience sampling through the internet versus respondent driven sampling among males who have sex with males in Tallinn and Harju County, Estonia: Challenges reaching a hidden population. AIDS Care. 2009. 21(9):1195-1202.

Kasianczuk, MG, Johnston LG, Dovbakh, AV, Leszczynski, EB. Risk factors associated with condom use among men who have sex with men in Ukraine. J of LGBT Health Research. 2009. 5:51-62.

Johnston LG, Malekinejad M, Rifkin MR, et al. Implementation challenges to using respondent-driven sampling methodology for HIV biological and behavioral surveillance: Field experiences in international settings. AIDS Behav. 2008.12(Suppl 1):131-141.

Malekinejad M, Johnston LG, Kendall C, et al. Using respondent-driven sampling methodology for HIV biological and behavioral surveillance in international settings: A systematic review. AIDS Behav. 2008.12(Suppl 1):105-130.

Johnston LG, Khanam R, Reza M, et al. The effectiveness of respondent driven sampling for recruiting males who have sex with males in Dhaka, Bangladesh: A pilot study. AIDS Behav. 2007. 2(2): 294-304.

Johnston LG, Sabin K, Hien MT, Huong PT. Effectiveness of respondent-driven sampling to recruit female sex workers in two cities in Vietnam. J Urban Health. 2006. 83 (Suppl 7):16–28.

Simic M, Johnston LG, Platt L, et al. Appropriateness of using respondent driven sampling in sex worker populations in Eastern Europe: emerging evidence and key issues for formative research. J Urban Health. 2006. 83 (Suppl 7):6-15.


Johnston, LG and Malekinejad M. 2015. Respondent-Driven Sampling for Migrant Populations. In Migration and Health: A Research Methods Handbook. Eds. Castaneda VMB, Rodriguez-Lai Schenker X.

Chapters in Applying Respondent Driven Sampling to Migrant Populations: Lessons from the Field. Eds. Tyldum G & Johnston LG. Palgrave, London, UK:

Johnston, LG. 2014. Sampling Migrants: How Respondent Driven Sampling Works.

Johnston, LG & Luthra, R. 2014. Analyzing data in Respondent Driven Sampling.

Johnston, LG & Rodriquez L. 2014. Measuring Personal Network Size in Respondent Driven Sampling