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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

Longitudinal examination of changing fertility intentions and behaviors over a four-year period in urban Senegal. Speizer IS, Escamilla V, Lance PM, Guilkey DK.  (2020). Reproductive Health, 17(38).

Influences of health facility type for delivery and experience of cesarean section on maternal and newborn postnatal care between birth and facility discharge in Malawi. Kim T*, Singh K, Speizer IS, Lemani C. (2020). BMC Health Services Research, 20(139).

Measurement error in discrete health facility choice models: An example from urban Senegal. Cronin CJ, Guilkey DK, Speizer IS.  (2019). Journal of Applied Econometrics, 34(7), 1102-1120.

On the sustainability of a family planning program in Nigeria when funding ends. Speizer IS, Guilkey DK, Escamilla V, Lance PM, Calhoun LM, Ojogun OT, Fasiku D.  (2019). PLoS ONE, 14(9).

Exploring the associations between physical and sexual gender-based violence and HIV among women who use substances in South Africa: the role of agency and alcohol. C Bonner, F Browne, J Ndirangu, B Howard, W Zule, I Speizer, T Kline, W Wechsberg (2019). AIDS care.

Condom Use, Multiple Rounds of Sex, and Alcohol Use Among South African Women Who Use Alcohol and Other Drugs: An Event-Level Analysis. W Zule, I Speizer, F Browne, B Howard, W Wechsberg (2018). Sexually transmitted diseases, 45(12), 786-790.

Evaluation of a maternity waiting home and community education program in two districts of Malawi. K Singh, I Speizer, E Kim, C Lemani, J Tang, A Phoya (2018). BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 18(1), 457.

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. I Speizer, M Mandal, K Xiong, A Hattori, N Makina-Zimalirana, F Kumalo, S Taylor, M Ndlovu, M Madibane, A Beke (2018). AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education, 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.


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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