Zena Stein

Zena Stein

Zena Stein

Professor Emerita/Special Lecturer


Epidemiology, 722 W 168 Street, 7th Floor
New York 10032


Dr. Zena A. Stein is professor emerita of epidemiology and psychiatry at Columbia University and co-director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she has responsibilities for the problems of women and their pregnancies, in the U.S. and internationally. She began her career in community and primary health care in Alexandra, a township for Africans, and then spent nearly a decade at Manchester University, working on epidemiological and family and cultural studies of mental retardation, child development, and psychiatric disorders, including extensive epidemiological studies of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and malformations. Most recently, she began to study prenatal and perinatal HIV infection and HIV infection in women. Her 270 papers and five books range over many social and epidemiological themes. Dr. Stein has carried out several WHO consultancies and served on the editorial boards of professional journals in the fields of epidemiology, public health, genetic epidemiology and teratology. Dr. Stein is widely recognized as a pioneer in the movement to provide women with methods of contraception. In 1997, she served with Mervyn Susser as scientific director of the Africa Center for Population and Reproductive Research, and participated in the South Africa HIVNET grant. Since 2000, she has held core scientist title with the Sequella Global Tuberculosis Foundation's Core Scientist Program of the TB Vaccine Collaboration.

Editorial Boards

American Journal of Public Health
Genetic Epidemiology
American Journal of Human Genetics

Other Affiliations

Member, Institute of Medicine
Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Joint Commission on International Aspects of Mental Retardation
Member, American Association of Mental Deficiency
Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research
Member, International Epidemiological Association

Honors & Awards

Voices: A conversation with Zena Stein by Allen Wilcox , Epidemiology 2003
Africa Center for Health and Population Studies, Hlabisa, Kwazulu, South Africa. Auditorium dedicated to Professor Mervyn Susser and Zena Stein, 2002
Celebration: Zena Stein, Mervyn Susser and Epidemiology: Observation, causation and action. Int J Epidemiol, 2002
John Snow Award, American Public Health Association, 1999
Honorary professor, Escuela Nacional de Sanidad (the National School of Public Health of Spain), 1999

Select Global Activities

HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, South Africa: Dr. Stein is Co-Director Emerita of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Health and Psychosocial Need: Children with Disability in a Time of HIV, Bangladesh: Dr. Stein is Co-Investigator
Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program, South Africa: Dr. Stein is an Executive Committee Member of the Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program.

Select Publications

Kelvin EA, Smith RA, Mantell JE, Stein ZA Adding the female condom to the public health agenda on prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men and women during anal intercourse. Commentary American Journal of Public Health 99 985-987 2009
Stein ZA, Susser MW Commentary: Cautionary notes on interpreting history from additional first-hand observers of poverty, health and policy in South Africa. Public Health Poilcy 29 187-191 2008
Hoffman S, Smith JA, Adams-Skinner J, Exner T, Mantell J, Stein Z Female condom promotion needed. Lancet Infectious Diseases 8 348 2008
Mantell JE, Stein ZA, Susser I Women in the time of AIDS: Barriers, bargains and benefits AIDS Education and Prevention 20 91-106 2008
Barbosa RM, Kalckmann S, Berquo E, Stein Z Notes on the female condom: experiences in Brazil International of STD and AIDS 18 261-266 2007
Stein Z, Mantell J Barriers against STDs: what about planned pregnancy The Lancet 369 367 2007
Tsiouris SJ, Coetzell D, Toro PL, Austin J, Stein Z, El-Sadr W Sensitivity analysis and potential uses of a novel gamma interferon release assay for diagnosis of tuberculosis Journal of Clinical Microbiology 44 2844-2850 2006
Stein Z, Susser M Emily Kark (nee Jaspan) 1913-2006: Remembrance and reminiscence Adler Museum Bulletin 32 5-9 2006
Susser M, Stein Z Commentary: Donald Budd Armstrong (188601968): pioneering tuberculosis prevention in general practice International Journal of Epidemiology 34 1191-1193 2005
Kalipeni E, Craddock S, Oppong JR, Ghosh J HIV & AIDS in South Africa Blackwell Publishing Oxford, UK 133-143 2004

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