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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.

Honors and Awards

RTI University Scholar

National Institutes of Health Training Grant
2005, National Institutes of Health

Representative Courses

MHCH 680 Global Sexual and Reproductive Health | 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

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.

Factors affecting the achievement of fertility intentions in urban Nigeria: analysis of longitudinal data. S Babalola, O Oyenubi, I Speizer, L Cobb, A Akiode, M Odeku (2017). BMC public health, 17(1), 942.

Does postnatal care have a role in improving newborn feeding? A study in 15 sub-Saharan African countries. S Khan, I Speizer, K Singh, G Angeles, N Twum-Danso, P Barker (2017). Journal of global health, 7(2), 020506.

An implementation science protocol of the Women's Health CoOp in healthcare settings in Cape Town, South Africa: A stepped-wedge design. W Wechsberg, J Ndirangu, I Speizer, W Zule, W Gumula, C Peasant, F Browne, L Dunlap (2017). BMC women's health, 17(1), 85.

Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage: An Updated Review of U.S. Policies and Programs and Their Impact. J Santelli, L Kantor, S Grilo, I Speizer, L Lindberg, J Heitel, A Schalet, M Lyon, A Mason-Jones, T McGovern, C Heck, J Rogers, M Ott (2017). The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 61(3), 273-280.

Abstinence-only-until-marriage policies and programs: An updated position paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. John Santelli, Stephanie Grilo, Laura Lindberg, Ilene Speizer, A Schalet, J Heitel, L Kantor, T McGovern, M Ott, M Lyon, Jennifer Rogers, C Heck, A Mason-Jones (2017). Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(3), 400-403.


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