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.

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.

Longitudinal Evaluation of the Tupange Urban Family Planning Program in Kenya. A Benson, L Calhoun, M Corroon, P Lance, R O'Hara, J Otsola, I Speizer, J Winston (2017). International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 43(2), 75-87.

A multilevel logit estimation of factors assoc iated with modern contraception in urban Nigeria. C Okigbo, I Speizer, M Domino, S Curtis (2017). World Medical & Health Policy, 9(1), 65-88.

Evaluation of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Program. K Atagame, A Benson, l Calhoun, M Corroon, I Speizer, a et. (2017). Studies in Family Planning.

Trends in Abortion Incidence and Availability in North Carolina, 1980-2013. J Alvey, A Bryant, S Curtis, I Speizer, S Morgan, R Tippett, J Hodgkinson, K Perreira (2017). Southern medical journal, 110(11), 714-721.


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