Research Interests

Dr. Wachira’s research interests are centered on applying mixed methods to explore and promote uptake and utilization of HIV care in resource –limited settings. This has involved understanding the interpersonal and system level factors including provider-patient dynamics and peer involvement that influence delivery of HIV care in western Kenya.


Ongoing Research Support

1R56HL150036-01                   (PI: Vedanthan)                                                           2018-2023.


PT4 (Peers and Technology for Adherence, Access, Accountability, and Analysis)

Role: Co-Investigator

 1R01MH118075-01A1             (Co-PI: Wachira)                                                         2018-2023.


Harambee: Integrated Community-Based HIV/NCD Care & Microfinance Groups in Kenya

Role: Co-PI

 K43 TW010684-01A1              (PI: Wachira)                                                               2018-2023.

NIH-K43 Emerging Global Leader Award

Feasibility and acceptability of Enhanced Patient Care (EPC) for adult HIV patients with unsuppressed viral loads in western Kenya

Role: PI

 Number pending                        (PI: Braitstein)                                                 01/01/2018-31/12/22.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Adapting and scaling-up ‘Peer Navigators’ to targeted populations of street-involved youth in Canada and Kenya to increase linkage to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment

Role: Co-Investigator

 Completed Research Support

1 R21 TW011071-01                (PI: Vreeman)                                                              2018-2020


The "Teach HADITHI" teacher training intervention to reduce classroom HIV-related stigma in Kenya

Role: Co-Investigator

 Role: Co-InvestigatorAID-623-A-12-00001     (PI: Slyvester Kimaiyo)                                   2012-2019



Role: Consultant

 Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) grant                     (PI: Wachira)               09/01/15-03/30/17

NIH-Brown University

How Do Adult HIV Patients in Kenya Conceptualize Physician-Patient Communication?

Role: PI

 East Africa IeDEA Regional Consortioum                   (PI: Braitstein )                        06/02/12-06/31/16


Role: Co-investigator

 Walther Cancer Foundation                              (PI: Thomas Inui)                    06/01/12 – 05/30/15

Moi University and Indiana University

The IU Simon Cancer Center (IUSCC) AMPATH-Oncology Institute (AOI): An Exemplar of

Care for the Developing World and a Population-based Research Environment for IUSCC

Role: Co-investigator