Ilene Speizer, PhD

Research Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health
Faculty Fellow Carolina Population Center

T:(919) 962-3513

CB #7445

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


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.

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 co-Principal Investigator and Technical Deputy Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative project. For this project, the team has designed comprehensive impact evaluations of urban FP programs in Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya and Uttar Pradesh, India. The project is also tasked with building local capacity to undertake monitoring and evaluation and disseminating findings nationally, regionally and globally.

Representative Courses

Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs (MNCH 723) | Syllabus

Research Activities

Evaluation of family planning and reproductive health programs

Study of unintended pregnancy risk

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs

Key Publications

Interpersonal communication as an agent of normative influence: a mixed method study among the urban poor in India. Rimal RN, Sripad P, Speizer IS, Calhoun LM (2015). Reprod Health, 12.

Ideation and intention to use contraceptives in Kenya and Nigeria. Babalola S, John N, Ajao B, Speizer IS (2015). Demogr Res, 33.

Exposure to family planning messages and modern contraceptive use among men in urban Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal: a cross-sectional study. Okigbo CO, Speizer IS, Corroon M, Gueye A (2015). Reprod Health, 12.

Determinants of sexual activity and pregnancy among unmarried young women in urban Kenya. Okigbo CC, Speizer I (2015). PLos ONE, 10(6), e0129286.

Descriptive study of the role of household type and household composition on women's reproductive health outcomes in Uttar Prades, India. Speizer IS, Lance P, Verma R, Benson A (2015). Reprod Health, 12.

Relationship characteristics and contraceptive use among couples in urban kenya. J Fotso, L Irani, I Speizer (2014). International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 40(1), 11-20.

Assessing gaps and poverty-related inequalities in the public and private sector family planning supply environment of urban Nigeria. S Curtis, J Levy, I Speizer, C Zimmer (2014). Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 91(1), 186-210.

Emergency contraceptive knowledge and use among urban women in Nigeria and Kenya. Jill Keesbury, Gwendolyn Morgan, Ilene Speizer (2014). Studies in Family Planning, 45(1), 59-72.


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