Elizabeth Tolley, PhD


Adjunct Assistant Professor 
Maternal and Child Health

Behavior Scientist 
Family Health International





1981  College of William and Mary  BA, French

1990  Johns Hopkins University, SAIS  MA, International Relations

2005  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education

Research activities

Behavioral Scientist II in the Behavioral and Social Science Research Unit of Family Health International. Research: examined acceptability and use of various contraceptive and reproductive technologies, including the perspectives of clients, their partners and social networks, and the service delivery environment. Current research focuses on microbicide acceptability and employs both qualitative and quantitative research methods to first develop scales (e.g., HIV risk perception, couple sexual communication, acceptability of product attributes) and then longitudinally assess their influence on consistent use. Recently: planning and implementation of several important meetings to address the measurement and optimization of adherence and examine issues related to pregnancy in microbicide clinical trial research. Past research has assessed aspects of Norplant and DMPA acceptability and use, as well as adolescent abortion. Experience in the training and use of qualitative research methods, including rapid appraisal and participatory techniques; a background in international economics; and over fifteen years of experience living and working in developing countries.

 Key Publications

Marlow HM, Tolley EE, Weaver MA, Kohli R, Mehendale S (2011)
Changes in condom use during a microbicide clinical trial in Pune, India.
AIDS Care, p.Epub ahead of print.

Albert LM, Akol A, L’Engle K, Tolley EE, Ramirez C, Baine SO, Opio A, Tumwesigye NM (2011)
Acceptability of male circumcision for prevention of HIV infection among men and women in Uganda.
AIDS Care: vol.23, p.1578-85.

Tolley EE, Tsui S, Mehendale S, Weaver MA, Kohli R (2011)
Pridicing product adherence in a topical microbicide safety trial in Pune, India.
AIDS Behav, p.Epub ahead of print.

Lopez LM, Tolley EE, Grimes DA, Chen-Mok M (2011)
Theory-based interventions for contraception.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: vol.16, p.CD007249.