Amanda D. Castel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Co-Director of the Department's practicum for MPH students and co-director of the Field/Laboratory Experience for the MSPHMEID program.
Dr. Castel's first exposure to HIV/AIDS was as a college student, when she traveled independently to Uganda, established relationships with local hospitals and providers working on HIV/AIDS and designed her own research project. In the years since, she has demonstrated the same singular focus and commitment as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Senegal; a member of the ACTG Pediatric HIV Team in Harlem Hospital; and a volunteer physician in Kenya.
Drawing on her background in infectious diseases and international health, Dr. Castel joined GW SPH in August 2006 to collaborate with the DC Department of Health's HIV/AIDS Administration on the Public Health-Academic Partnership. Her focus is on providing technical and epidemiologic expertise to the HIV/AIDS surveillance program. Dr. Castel has also served as a Co-PI on a project to evaluate the District's routine HIV testing initiative and is now an Co-Investigator on the conduct of a city-wide HIV/AIDS Community Services Assessment.
Previously, Dr. Castel was a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer, assigned to the Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control Programs at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She also completed a preventive medicine residency at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, during which she trained and supervised incoming EIS officers and worked on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).