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Ilene Speizer, PhD

Ilene Speizer, PhD

Department of Maternal and Child Health
Faculty Fellow
Carolina Population Center
  • CB #7445
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Speizer is trained as a demographer and evaluation researcher. She has led research and evaluation studies on family planning (FP), HIV prevention, intimate partner violence and adolescent reproductive health programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and India. She is a co-leader of the MPH Global Health Concentration, a new interdepartmental degree option for students applying for 2019 admission.

Her work has included primary data collection in numerous locations using household-based study designs as well as facility-based surveys that include facility audits, provider surveys and exit interviews.

Dr. Speizer is currently the Principal Investigator on two large grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. First, she is leading the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative Sustainability Study that is examining the sustainability of family planning program activities following program completion and comparing a city where the program ended to a city where the program continued. This study includes quantitative and qualitative data collection. She is also leading the Full Access, Full Choice: Increasing Youth’s Access to Expanded Method Choice project that seeks to use existing evidence to strengthen global and country-level (focus on Kenya and Niger) programs and policies for improving access to and use of methods for young people (ages 15-24). Her work often involves engaging stakeholders in the target countries to build their capacity to undertake monitoring and evaluation as well as using data to inform decision-making.

Honors and Awards

RTI University Scholar

2016-2017, Research Triangle Institute

Representative Courses

MCH 680 Global Sexual and Reproductive Health, Spring 2018 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Principal Investigator, Understanding and Addressing the Multilevel Influences on Uptake and Adherence to HIV Prevention Strategies among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in sub-Saharan Africa-sub contract to RTI International.

Principal Investigator, Full Access, Full Choice: Increasing Youth’s Access to Expanded Method Choice.

Principal Investigator, NURHI Sustainability Study (Nigeria).

Investigator, MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV. Global Monitoring and Evaluation Project.

Co-Investigator and Technical Deputy Director, Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative.

Service Activities

2017-present  Co-Lead for Global Health Concentration

2017-present  SPH Committee to Enhance the Gillings’ Environment for Faculty

2013-present  MCH Full Professors Committee

2008-present  SPH Global Health Advisory Committee and advisor for the Global Health Certificate program.

Practice Activities

FP2020 Performance Monitoring & Evidence Working Group (PME WG) Member. Supporting global measurement to increase availability, visibility, quality, and use of family planning data.

Key Publications

Association of men's exposure to family planning programming and reported discussion with partner and family planning use: The case of urban Senegal. Speizer IS, Corroon M, Calhoun LM, Gueye A, Guilkey DK (2018). PLoS One, 13(9).
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Changing sex risk behaviors, gender norms, and relationship dynamics among couples in Cape Town South Africa: Efficacy of an intervention on the dyad. Speizer IS, Zule WA, Carney T, Browne FA, Ndirangu J, Wechsberg WM. (2018). Social Science & Medicine, 209.

The Senegal Urban Reproductive Health Initiative: A longitudinal program impact evaluation. Benson A, Calhoun L, Corroon M, Gueye A, Guilkey D, Kebede E, Lance P, O’Hara R, Speizer IS, Stewart J, Winston J. (MLE Senegal Study Team). (2018). Contraception, 97.

Methodology and baseline results from the evaluation of a sexuality education activity in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Speizer IS, Mandal M, Xiong K, Hattori A, Makina-Zimalirana N, Kumalo F, Taylor S, Ndlovu MS, Madibane M, Beke A. (2018). AIDS Education and Prevention, 30(2), 152-168.

The effects of health facility access and quality on family planning decisions in urban Senegal. Cronin C, Guilkey DK, Speizer IS. (2018). Health Economics, 27(3), 576-591.

Reaching urban female adolescents at key points of sexual and reproductive health transitions: Evidence from a longitudinal study from Kenya. Ilene Speizer, Lisa Calhoun, David Guilkey (2018). African Journal of Reproductive Health, 22(1), 47-59.

Effect of family planning interventions on couple years of protection in Malawi. C Lemani, N Kamtuwanje, B Phiri, I Speizer, K Singh, O Mtema, N Chisanu, J Tang (2018). International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 141(1), 37-44.

The Effect of the Removal of User Fees for Delivery at Public Health Facilities on Institutional Delivery in Urban Kenya. L Calhoun, I Speizer, D Guilkey, E Bukusi (2018). Maternal and child health journal, 22(3), 409-418.

The effects of health facility access and quality on family planning decisions in urban Senegal. C Cronin, D Guilkey, I Speizer (2018). Health economics, 27(3), 576-591.

Sex composition and its impact on future childbearing: a longitudinal study from urban Uttar Pradesh. S Rajan, P Nanda, L Calhoun, I Speizer (2018). Reproductive health, 15(1), 35.

Women's contraceptive discontinuation and switching behavior in urban Senegal, 2010-2015. J Barden-O'Fallon, I Speizer, L Calhoun, M Corroon (2018). BMC women's health, 18(1), 35.

The Role of Distance and Quality on Facility Selection for Maternal and Child Health Services in Urban Kenya. V Escamilla, L Calhoun, J Winston, I Speizer (2018). Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 95(1), 1-12.

The Senegal urban reproductive health initiative: a longitudinal program impact evaluation. A Benson, L Calhoun, M Corroon, A Gueye, D Guilkey, E Kebede, P Lance, R O'Hara, I Speizer, J Stewart, J Winston (2018). Contraception.

Impact of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative on family planning uptake at facilities in Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal. J Winston, L Calhoun, M Corroon, D Guilkey, I Speizer (2018). BMC women's health, 18(1), 9.


PhD, Demography, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1994

MHS, Demography, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1991

BA, Math / French, Washington University, 1987

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