Stephen Kennedy


Principal Investigator, EVD Vaccine Clinical Trial, Liberia-US Joint Clinical Research Programme of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL)


Dr Stephen Kennedy trained in general medicine, infectious disease epidemiology and biomedical research, and international health in Liberia, the United States and Zambia.

He has nearly two decades of experience in public health, prevention research, biomedical and clinical-based research, and clinical trials in HIV/AIDS, STDs, Malaria, Tuberculosis, community health, and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He also has nearly three decades of experience as a public health practitioner and medical doctor in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Kennedy has collaborated with researchers on research ethics, capacity building and health-related projects from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a chapter on adherence to antiretroviral therapy in an HIV/AIDS Resource Book, serves as an ad hoc scientific reviewer for over 20 peer-reviewed journals and served for numerous years as ad hoc grant reviewer on HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB and reproductive health for the US National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr Kennedy also served as Commissioner for Programs & Policy at the National AIDS Commission, as Secretary General for the Liberia College of Physicians & Surgeons, and as Coordinator for EVD Research at the Emergency Operations Center of the Liberian Ministry of Health’s Incident Management System.

Dr Kennedy is currently Principal Investigator and Lead Scientist for the EVD Vaccine Clinical Trial of the Liberia-US Joint Clinical Research Program of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL); Co-PI for a three-country EVD Vaccine Clinical Trial (PREVAC) of a multinational (NIH, INSERM, LSHTM) and most-affected countries (Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia) consortium; Associate Co-PI for an EVD therapeutic trial among male EVD survivors in Liberia; Technical Lead for Research & Capacity Enhancement for the West African Taskforce for the Control of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (WATER); Member of the Core Working Group of the Sub-Regional Collaboration Research Group on EVD Vaccines and Therapeutics; and, member of the Action Committee on Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers for the West African College of Physicians.

He is a Fellow of the Liberia College of Physicians and of the West African College of Physicians.

His passion is promoting and sustaining human growth through mentoring and empowerment.