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Dr. Shannon Senefeld
- Title: Global Director of Health and HIV
- Areas of Expertise: HIV and AIDS, anti-retroviral therapy, psychosocial programs
- Languages Spoken: English and French
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In her role as Catholic Relief Services' Global Director of Health and HIV, based in Baltimore, Dr. Shannon Senefeld manages CRS' health and HIV unit and staff. She guides the agency's work on issues relating to psychosocial support programming, mental and behavioral health and child well-being.
She previously served CRS as Senior Technical Advisor for HIV and AIDS, a role in which she ensured the quality of CRS' HIV and AIDS programs around the world.
Dr. Senefeld began her career with CRS in Haiti in 2000. During her three years there, she was a member of the senior management team and directed three programmatic areas for CRS, including AIDS, emergencies and monetization. She then moved to CRS' Southern Africa Regional Office, which was based in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she was responsible for the quality of HIV and AIDS programs in seven countries. After completing a temporary assignment in Eastern Europe, Dr. Senefeld returned to CRS headquarters, from where she has traveled to and worked on HIV programs throughout Africa, Central America and Asia.
Dr. Senefeld holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University in Washington, DC. She earned two Master's degrees, one in international development from George Washington University and one in clinical health psychology from Argosy University. She also holds two Bachelor's degrees in political science and French from Indiana University.
Dr. Senefeld co-chairs the HIV Working Group for the CORE group, and serves as an abstract reviewer for several major conferences, including the International AIDS Society, and as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals. She is an invited member of several expert consultative groups within international development circles. She publishes and presents extensively on issues related to psychosocial support, mental health and vulnerable children.