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Janine Barden-O'Fallon, PhD

Janine Barden-O'Fallon

Janine Barden-O'Fallon, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Senior Technical Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health
Data for Impact Project at the Carolina Population Center
  • 123 W Franklin St.,
  • 3rd Floor
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • USA

Dr. Janine Barden-O'Fallon has worked in the field of monitoring, evaluation and research in international health and development for more than fifteen years. She specializes in family planning and reproductive health, collecting primary quantitative and qualitative data, developing M&E tools and methodologies and providing technical assistance to global initiatives, government agencies, and organizations on the collection, analysis and use of information for program planning and decision-making. She served as Director of MEASURE Evaluation PRH, a five-year USAID-funded project, from 2009-2014.

Honors and Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Residency Award


Paul A. Humphrey Award for Research on Population


Representative Courses

MHCH 723 - Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs

Research Activities

 - Measurement of contraceptive method availability using Service Provision Assessment data in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.
 - Collaboration on the monitoring, evaluation and learning for a multisectoral project in the Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia. 
 - Reviewal, assessment and revision of core family planning indicators, including as a technical advisor for the Performance, Monitoring, and Evidence Working Group of FP2030.
 - Data for Impact. Agency: United States agency for International Development. Role: Population & Reproductive Health Portfolio Lead.

Service Activities

 - MCFH MPH Admissions & Awards Committee Member
 - International Steering Committee Member, International Conference on Family Planning

Practice Activities

Barden-O’Fallon J, Close MA, Mejia C. Quality of family planning services in HIV integrated and non-integrated health facilities in Malawi and Tanzania. Poster presented at International Conference on Family Planning, 2018, Kigali, Rwanda.

Traore A, Barden-O’Fallon J, Soumahoro M, Garango M, Tounkara M, Sangare M, Kossi E, Watson-Grant S, Diakite S, Djenepo F. Use of evaluation results to improve implementation of Mali’s national family planning campaign. Poster presented at International Conference on Family Planning, 2018, Kigali, Rwanda.

Key Publications

Return to pregnancy after contraceptive discontinuation to become pregnant: A pooled analysis of West and East African populations. Barden-O’Fallon J, Speizer IS, Calhoun LM, Moumouni NA (2021). Reproductive Health, 18(141).
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Routine Family Planning Data in the Low- and Middle-Income Country Context: A Synthesis of Findings From 17 Small Research Grants. Adamou B, Barden-O’Fallon J, Williams K, Selim A. (2020). Global Healh: Science and Practice, 8(4), 799-812.
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Counseling on injectable contraception and HIV risk: Evaluation of a pilot intervention in Tanzania. Barden-O’Fallon J, Mason J, Tluway E, Kwesigabo G, Kamanyi E. (2020). PLOS One, 15(4).

Evaluation of mainstreaming youth-friendly health in private clinics in Malawi. Barden-O’Fallon J, Evans S, Thakwalakwa C, Alfonso W, Jackson A.  (2020). BMC Health Services Research, 20(79).

Ebola-related complications for maternal, newborn and child health service delivery and utilization in Guinea. Pregnant in the time of Ebola: Women and their children in the 2013-2015 West African Epidemic. Barden-O’Fallon J, Brodish P, Barry MA (2019). Springer Publications.

Quality of family planning services in HIV integrated and non-integrated health facilities in Malawi and Tanzania. Close M, Barden-O’Fallon J, Mejia C (2019). Reproductive Health, 16(1), 58.

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.


PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004

MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1995

BA, Spanish / Hispanic Studies, St. Olaf College, 1993

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