Alison Kawai, ScD

Senior Research Epidemiologist
Alison Kawai
Practice Area:
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

ScD, Epidemiology
ScM, Epidemiology
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

BA, Human Biology
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Alison Tse Kawai is a Senior Research Epidemiologist at RTI-HS. Dr. Kawai has more than 9 years’ experience as a pharmacoepidemiologist, including leading, designing, and implementing large, multisite database studies for postmarket safety surveillance. Previously, she was a Research Scientist and Principal Associate in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School, where she was an investigator within the Sentinel Program and the Vaccine Safety Datalink Project, two federally-funded postmarket safety surveillance systems that incorporate data from several health insurers across the US with the use of distributed databases. While there, her primary focus was in the study of vaccine safety in pregnant women and pediatric populations. She also has investigated the impact of federal nonpayment policies on health care acquired conditions. She has experience with claims, medical record, and public health registry data. Dr. Kawai has authored and coauthored publications in leading peer-review journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, and JAMA Pediatrics, and has presented her work at the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Society for Epidemiologic Research, and IDWeek.