Public Health — Full-time
Marie-Claude  Couture

Marie-Claude Couture, PhD,MSc

Assistant Professor

Education

Université de Montréal Montreal, Canada Doctorate (PhD) in Public Health-epidemiology
McGill University Montreal, Canada Master’s (MSc) in Biochemistry – molecular biology
Université Laval Quebec, Canada Bachelor in Microbiology (BSc)

Administrative Appointments

Leader, Flu Near You Initiative, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Member, MPH Admission committee, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Member, MPH Curriculum committee, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Scientific reviewer for peer-reviewed journals Journals: AIDS Care, AIDS and Behaviors, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Drug and Alcohol Dependence
GoUSF Wellness committee

Research Areas

Epidemiology
Data analysis
Infectious disease transmission
HIV and sexually transmitted diseases
Drug and alcohol abuse
Vulnerable populations
Global health
Sexual health and behaviors
Cancer

Courses Offered
  • MPH612 Biostatistics for Public Health
  • N702 Epidemiology
  • MPH621 Epidemiology
  • MSN642 Epidemiology and Population Statistics
Publications

•Page K, Stein E, Sansothy N, Evans J, Couture MC, Sichan K, Cockroft M, Mooney-Somers J, Phlong P, Kaldor J, Maher L. Sex work and HIV in Cambodia: trajectories of risk and disease in two cohorts of high-risk young women in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (2013) BMJ Open. 10;3(9)
•Evans J, Couture MC, Stein ES, Sansothy S, Maher L, Page K. Biomarker validation of recent unprotected sexual intercourse in a prospective study of young women engaged in sex work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (2013) Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 40(6):462-8
•Maher L, Mooney-Somers J, Phlong P, Couture MC, Kien SP, Stein E, Bates AJ, Sansothy N, Page K. Condom negotiation across different relationship types by young women engaged in sex work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (2013) Glob Public Health. 8(3):270-83.
•Asher AK, Hahn JA, Couture MC, Maher K, Page K. People who Inject Drugs, HIV Risk, and HIV Testing Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa. (2012) J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. Nov 17.
•Vannda K, Evans J, Sansothy N, Stein, Couture MC, Maher L and Page K. Testing for amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) use to ascertain validity of self-reported ATS use among young female sex workers in Cambodia. (2012) Addiction Sciences and Clinical Practice. 28;7(1):11
•Couture MC, Page K, Stein ES, Sansothy N, Sichan K, Kaldor K, Evans JL, Maher L, Palefsky J Cervical human papillomavirus infection among young women engaged in sex work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: prevalence, genotypes, risk factors and association with HIV infection. (2012) BMC Infectious Diseases. 12: 166

Awards and Distinctions

2011 UCSF-CFAR Resource Allocation Program 

MC Couture, PI; K Page, Co-investigator/Mentor
Project: Drug and alcohol abuses, risky sexual behaviors and HIV risk among sex workers and their clients in Cambodia
Requested $40,000
Funded

  • 2013 Young investigator travel award, International Conference on Global Health Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010 Travel award, XVIII International AIDS Conference Vienna, Austria
  • 2009 Postdoctoral fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 3 years (60 000$/year)
  • 2008 Doctoral traineeship, Fond de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec (FRSQ) 
  • 2006 4 months (10 000$) Doctoral fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • 3 years (30 000$/year)
  • 2005 Travel award, Université de Montreal

SELECTED ORAL PRESENTATIONS
•Maher L, Phlong P, Mooney-Somer J, Kien SP, Couture MC, Sansothy N, Bates A, Page K. A hard sell - safe sex in unsafe spaces: Negotiating the sex. Oral presentation. 22nd International Harm Reduction Conference, Beirut, Lebanon, April 2011.
• Couture MC, Sansothy N, Sapphnon V, Kien SP, Stein ES, Evans J, Maher L, Kaldor J, Vun MC, Page K. Amphetamine-type stimulant use increases HIV risk among young women engaged in sex work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. AIDS 2010, Vienna, Austria, July 2010
• Maher L, Phlong P, Mooney-Somers J, Sichan K, Masy T, Stein ES, Couture MC, Sansothy N, Page K. “It makes us dare to do what we did not dare to do before”: Amphetamine-type stimulant use and HIV/STI risk behavior among young female sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Oral Presentation. AIDS 2010, Vienna, Austria, July 2010.
• Couture MC, Maher L, Sansothy N, Sichan K, Sapphon V, Phal S, Stein E, Evans J, Kaldor J, Vun MC, Page K. Incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among young women sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. International Harm Reduction Conference, Liverpool, UK, April 2010.
SELECTED POSTER PRESENTATIONS
• Couture MC, Evans JL, Sansothy N, Stein ES, Sichan K, Maher L, Page K. High prevalence of amphetamine-type stimulants use and associations with HIV-related risks among female sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. International Conference on Global Health: Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and HIV. Taipei, Taiwan 2013
• Couture MC, Sansothy N, Stein ES, Hahn J, Evans JL, Page K. Amphetamine-type stimulants and heavy alcohol use and associations with inconsistent condom use among clients of female sex workers in Cambodia: a pilot study. AIDS 2012, Washington DC, USA, August 2012.
• Couture MC, Sansothy N, Stein ES, Maher L, Evans JL, Sichan K, Page K. Binge use of amphetamine-type stimulants and exposure to violence among a cohort of women engaged in sex work in Cambodia. AIDS 2012, Washington DC, USA, August 2012.