Back to Index
Laura Ferguson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
SSB 318H 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 7235


Laura Ferguson is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health and the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Keck School of Medicine. Professor Ferguson earned her MSc in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her work focuses on understanding and addressing health system and societal factors affecting the uptake of health services, and developing the evidence base of how attention to human rights can improve health outcomes. She has spent extended periods of time in developing country settings, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, collaborating with partners, helping to build the capacity of her local colleagues, and designing and managing research and projects to tackle a broad range of issues including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and child health. Professor Ferguson is also a Research Associate at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases.


MacCarthy S, Hoffmann M, Ferguson L, Nunn A, Irvin R, Bangsberg D, Gruskin S, Dourado I. The HIV care cascade: models, measures and moving forward. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18(1):19395. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Tarantola D, Beaglehole R. Noncommunicable diseases and human rights: a promising synergy. Am J Public Health. 2014 May; 104(5):773-5. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Pierce GW, Ferguson L. Realigning government action with public health evidence: the legal and policy environment affecting sex work and HIV in Asia. Cult Health Sex. 2014 Jan; 16(1):14-29. View in: PubMed

Ferguson L, Grant AD, Lewis J, Kielmann K, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. Linking Women Who Test HIV-Positive in Pregnancy-Related Services to HIV Care and Treatment Services in Kenya: A Mixed Methods Prospective Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e89764. View in: PubMed

Roura M, Watson-Jones D, Kahawita TM, Ferguson L, Ross DA. Provider-initiated testing and counselling programmes in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of their operational implementation. AIDS. 2013 Feb 20; 27(4):617-26. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Alfven T, Rugg D, Peersman G. Identifying structural barriers to an effective HIV response: using the National Composite Policy Index data to evaluate the human rights, legal and policy environment. J Int AIDS Soc. 2013; 16:18000. View in: PubMed

Briscoe AD, Macias-Muñoz A, Kozak KM, Walters JR, Yuan F, Jamie GA, Martin SH, Dasmahapatra KK, Ferguson LC, Mallet J, Jacquin-Joly E, Jiggins CD. Female behaviour drives expression and evolution of gustatory receptors in butterflies. PLoS Genet. 2013; 9(7):e1003620. View in: PubMed

MacCarthy S, Rasanathan JJ, Ferguson L, Gruskin S. The pregnancy decisions of HIV-positive women: the state of knowledge and way forward. Reprod Health Matters. 2012 Dec; 20(39 Suppl):119-40. View in: PubMed

Ferguson L, Lewis J, Grant AD, Watson-Jones D, Vusha S, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. Patient attrition between diagnosis with HIV in pregnancy-related services and long-term HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: a retrospective study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Jul 1; 60(3):e90-7. View in: PubMed

Ferguson L, Grant AD, Watson-Jones D, Kahawita T, Ong'ech JO, Ross DA. Linking women who test HIV-positive in pregnancy-related services to long-term HIV care and treatment services: a systematic review. Trop Med Int Health. 2012 May; 17(5):564-80. View in: PubMed

Ferguson L, Grant AD, Ong'ech JO, Vusha S, Watson-Jones D, Ross DA. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: assessing the accuracy of routinely collected data on maternal antiretroviral prophylaxis coverage in Kenya. Sex Transm Infect. 2012 Mar; 88(2):120-4. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L, Hanefeld J, Maccarthy S, Raad Z, Steiner R. Human rights in health systems frameworks: what is there, what is missing and why does it matter? Glob Public Health. 2012; 7(4):337-51. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Bogecho D, Ferguson L. 'Rights-based approaches' to health policies and programs: articulations, ambiguities, and assessment. J Public Health Policy. 2010 Jul; 31(2):129-45. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Peersman G, Rugg D. Human rights in the global response to HIV: findings from the 2008 United Nations General Assembly Special Session Reports. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Dec; 52 Suppl 2:S104-10. View in: PubMed

Peersman G, Ferguson L, Torres MA, Smith S, Gruskin S. Increasing civil society participation in the national HIV response: the role of UNGASS reporting. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Dec; 52 Suppl 2:S97-103. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L. Government regulation of sex and sexuality: in their own words. Reprod Health Matters. 2009 Nov; 17(34):108-18. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L. Using indicators to determine the contribution of human rights to public health efforts. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Sep; 87(9):714-9. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Firestone R, Maccarthy S, Ferguson L. HIV and pregnancy intentions: do services adequately respond to women's needs? Am J Public Health. 2008 Oct; 98(10):1746-50. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ahmed S, Ferguson L. Provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling in health facilities--what does this mean for the health and human rights of pregnant women? Dev World Bioeth. 2008 Apr; 8(1):23-32. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L, Bogecho DO. Beyond the numbers: using rights-based perspectives to enhance antiretroviral treatment scale-up. AIDS. 2007 Oct; 21 Suppl 5:S13-9. View in: PubMed

Gruskin S, Ferguson L, O'Malley J. Ensuring sexual and reproductive health for people living with HIV: an overview of key human rights, policy and health systems issues. Reprod Health Matters. 2007 May; 15(29 Suppl):4-26. View in: PubMed

Powered bySC CTSI