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Theodore Hammett, Ph.D.

Vice President, International Health

Theodore Hammett, Ph.D. Theodore Hammett, Ph.D.
Theodore (Ted) Hammett began his career at Abt Associates in 1979 after several years of teaching college history. He is a Principal Associate in the International Health division, chair of Abt’s Quality Assurance Council and editor of the company’s Thought Leadership Paper Series. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and spoken before numerous international conferences.  

Dr. Hammett has led projects providing evaluation, policy analysis and technical assistance in public health and criminal justice. Since 1985, he has focused on HIV and AIDS-related projects, domestically and internationally, including research among drug-involved, correctional and prison populations, and other vulnerable groups. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Hammett directed an innovative Cross-Border HIV prevention project for people who inject drugs in northern Vietnam and southern China and served as Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Health Policy Initiative Vietnam from 2008 to 2012, based in Hanoi.

Dr. Hammett holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
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  • Program evaluation
  • Public health projects, including HIV and AIDS
  • Criminal justice projects
  • Policy analysis
  • Languages: French

Key Projects

  • Health Policy Initiative Vietnam, USAID
  • Cross-Border HIV Prevention Project, Vietnam and China, NIH/NIDA, Ford Foundation


  • Medal for Protecting the People’s Health,Vietnam Ministry of Health, 2012.
  • Citations for contribution to HIV/AIDS policy and prevention programs, Departments of Health of An Giang, Ha Giang, and Lang Son Provinces, Vietnam, 2011-2012.
  • B. Jaye Anno Award for Excellence in Communication. National Commission on Correctional Health Care, 2002.

Selected Publications

  • (with Phan S, Nguyen P, Kieu B, Dang S, Nguyen D, Kling R, Tran H, Khuat O). Female sexual partners of male people who inject drugs have poor knowledge of their male partners’ HIV status. J Acquir Immune Def Syndr. 2014 Dec 31. [Epub ahead of print].
  • (with Phan S, Gaggin J, Case P, Zaller N, Lutnick A, Kral AH, Federova EV, Heimer R, Small W, Pollini R, Beletsky L, Latkin C, Des Jarlais DC). Pharmacies as providers of expanded health services for people who inject drugs: a review of laws, policies, and barriers in sox countries. BMC Health Services Research 2014;14:261. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/261.
  • (with Parsons D), Evaluation of HIV prevention interventions for people who inject drugs in low- and middle-income countries – the current and future state of the art. Int J Drug Policy 2014, 20-February. DOI 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.01.006.
  • (with Des Jarlais DC, Kling R, Binh KT, McNicholl JM, Wasinrapee P, McDougal JS, Liu W, Chen Y, Meng D, Doan N, Nguyen TH, Hoang QN, Hoang TV). Controlling HIV epidemics among injection drug users: Eight years of  Cross-Border HIV prevention interventions in Vietnam and China. PLoS One 2012,  7(8): e43141. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043141
  • (with Kling R, Van NT, Son DH, Binh KT, Oanh KT). HIV Prevention Interventions for Female Sexual Partners of Injection Drug Users in Hanoi, Vietnam: 24-Month Evaluation Results. AIDS Behav 2012 Jul;16(5):1164-72.
  • (with Wu Z, Duc TT, Stephens S, Sullivan S, Liu W, Chen Y, Ngu D, Des Jarlais DC). ’Social evils’ and harm reduction: the evolving policy environment for HIV prevention among injection drug users in China and Vietnam. Addiction. 2008;103:137-45.
  • HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in correctional facilities: transmission, burden, and an appropriate response [commentary]. Am J Public Health.  2006;96:974-978
  • (with MP Harmon and William Rhodes), The Burden of Selected Infectious Diseases Among  Inmates in and Releasees from U.S. Correctional Facilities, 1997. American Journal of Public Health, November 2002; 92:1789-94.