Research and Evaluation Staff

Valerie Acre, MHS

Research and Evaluation Advisor
MHS in Population, Family and Reproductive Health, The Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Acre joined Ipas in 2011 to provide technical support to the Research and Evaluation Unit, including statistical analysis, data management, and technical writing. She currently supports research, monitoring and evaluation for Ipas's programs in India, Nepal and Latin America. Prior to joining Ipas, Ms. Acre's master's research focused on family planning referral systems in a teaching hospital in Ghana. Her past work also includes ... More »

Kathryn Andersen, MS, PhD

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor/Manager
MS, Biostatistics, and PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Andersen provides research, monitoring and evaluation support for Ipas's programs in Asia, as well as global technical support on research methodologies and statistical analysis.  Her current research encompasses medical abortion and community health workers, young women and abortion, and behavioral change interventions.  Her professional interests include violence against women; reproductive health-care access and associated ... More »

Samuel Kojo Antobam, MA, PhD

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MA and PhD, Demography and Population Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr. Antobam joined Ipas in 2012 as Senior Research and Evaluation Associate for the Ghana Program.  He provides technical support to the Research and Evaluation Unit on research design, survey methodology, and statistical analysis; and oversees the Ghana Research and Evaluation team in study implementation, performance monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.  Prior to joining Ipas, Dr. Antobam held a long term senior research position ... More »

Sushanta K Banerjee, PhD, MPS

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
PhD and MPS, Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India; MA, Economics, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, India

Dr. Banerjee oversees the research and evaluation component for Ipas's country program in India. Before his association with Ipas in 2006, Dr. Banerjee worked as the Technical Director of Population Services International-India for more than three years. He has 14 years of experience in program monitoring and evaluation; study design; and guiding evidence-based behavior change communication strategies in reproductive health issues. Dr. Banerjee ... More »

Janie Benson, MPH, DrPH

Vice President, Research and Evaluation
MPH, Johns Hopkins University; DrPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Benson joined Ipas in 1990 and provides oversight for Ipas's Research and Evaluation Unit and leadership in the measurement of organizational strategic objectives and impact. During her tenure, she has overseen a significant expansion of Ipas's research and evaluation work in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Benson has written many Ipas-published monographs and manuals, and has also authored/co-authored articles in numerous peer-reviewed ... More »

Kamal Biswas, MBBS, MBA

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; MBA in Health, Population & Nutrition in Developing Countries, Keele University, England

Dr. Kamal Biswas provides technical support to the Research and Evaluation Unit on research methodologies, statistical analysis and data management. He currently works on monitoring and evaluation for Ipas's country program Bangladesh. Prior to joining Ipas in 2011, Dr. Biswas served as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for a large, national urban primary health-care initiative where he designed and supervised survey implementation, and ... More »

Barbara Burke, MPH

Data Analyst
MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ms. Burke joined Ipas in 2014. She provides technical support for monitoring, evaluation and research to programs in the Africa Alliance and to Ipas’ global work, including technical writing, statistical analysis, and data management. Prior to joining Ipas, Ms. Burke worked as a research assistant at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and at the Carolina Population Center. Her main areas of interest include global ... More »

Yohannes Dibaba, MS, PhD

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
PhD in Public Health, School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; MS, Demography, Institute of Population Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; MS Population Studies. Population Research Center, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Dr. Yohannes provides research, monitoring and evaluation support for Ipas's programs in Ethiopia. He previously worked for Ipas as a consultant coordinating a national study on the incidence of abortion and the consequences of unsafe abortion in Ethiopia in 2013-2015.  Dr. Yohannes has participated in several international courses in monitoring and evaluation, scientific writing and the use of data from Demographic and Health Surveys. He ... More »

Sally Dijkerman, MPH

Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH, Global Health, Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia

Ms. Dijkerman joined Ipas in 2014 and provides technical support to programs in Ethiopia, including data management, statistical analysis, and technical writing. She also provides technical leadership on research, monitoring and evaluation for a multi-country special project, including data management and analysis for donor reporting, maintaining ongoing communication with external partners and the donor, and disseminating internal and external ... More »

Tamara Fetters, MPH

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH, University of California - Los Angeles

Ms. Fetters joined Ipas in 2000 after serving as a University of Michigan Population Fellow with CARE in Zambia. She was also a Fullbright Scholar in Indonesia. At Ipas, Ms. Fetters provides technical support to several Ipas country programs in Africa in research and program monitoring and evaluation. Her current research includes a national study of the magnitude and severity of abortion complications and of abortion incidence in Ethiopia; a ... More »

Hailemichael Gebreselassie, MD, MPH, PhD

Senior Research Advisor
MD and MPH, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; PhD, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Canada

Since joining Ipas in 2000, Dr. Gebreselassie has served as an investigator on studies to estimate the magnitude and severity of abortion complications treated in health facilities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi and Sierra Leone; evaluate the performance of mid-level practitioners in provision of medical abortion in Mozambique; assess postabortion care quality and access in public-sector health facilities in Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique; evaluate ... More »

Wilfred Manda, PGCert

Research and Evaluation Advisor
PGCert in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Bsc in Demography, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Mr. Manda joined Ipas in July 2011, working as the in country R&E lead for Ipas’s program in Zambia. Before his association with Ipas, Mr. Manda worked as an M&E Specialist for the Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health, partnering with the Ministry of Health to develop and manage the M&E systems, including facilitation of data collections, analysis and coordination with local partners to strengthen health workers and ... More »

Heather M. Marlow, MPH, PhD

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH, Emory University; PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Marlow joined Ipas in 2012 and provides technical support to strengthen the evidence base on the implementation and impact of our diverse community interventions.  She also supports the Ipas Ghana program in research efforts and program monitoring and evaluation and is conducting research on women’s knowledge of medical abortion in Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Prior to joining Ipas, Dr. Marlow was a Fulbright Scholar in ... More »

Emily B. McMahon, MPH

Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ms. McMahon joined Ipas in 2012 as an Advisor in the Research and Evaluation unit. She is also serving as Deputy Project Manager for the new monitoring and evaluation on-line system at Ipas. In this role Ms. McMahon leads in the design, implementation, and training of the system. She is currently designing analysis tools and reports for global programmatic data. Ms. McMahon has twelve years of experience working in NGOs in grant management, ... More »

Suresh Mehata, MPH, PhD

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH in Public Health, and PhD, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Zhengzhou University, Henan, China

Dr. Mehata joined Ipas Nepal in 2015,  providing technical support on research design, data management and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, impact evaluation, technical writing, capacity building and use of evidence. He previously worked as Research Advisor for the Nepal Health Sector Support Program (NHSSP), a DFID-funded technical assistance program under the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), where he was responsible for ... More »

Cheri Poss, MPH

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MSPH, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ms. Poss joined Ipas in 2011 and currently provides technical assistance for research, monitoring and evaluation of Ipas’s programs in Bangladesh and Nepal. She previously supported the monitoring, evaluation, and reporting for bi-regional project spanning Africa and Asia, and has provided technical assistance to country offices in Zambia and Myanmar. Prior to joining Ipas, she providing monitoring and management support for two global ... More »

Liz Regan, MPH

Data Analyst
MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ms. Regan joined Ipas in 2015 and provides technical support to programs in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Francophone West Africa, including data management and analysis and technical writing. She also supports the evaluation of Ipas’ global Community Access initiative. She has technical expertise in both qualitative and quantitate research. Her master’s research focused on the efficacy of screening and treatment techniques for cervical ... More »

Kristen M. Shellenberg, MPH, PhD

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH, Community Health Sciences, University of California - Los Angeles; PhD, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Shellenberg joined Ipas in 2011 and provides technical assistance for research, monitoring and evaluation in Ipas's programs in Nigeria. She also supports global evaluation and research efforts on abortion stigma and community access to abortion. Prior to joining Ipas, Dr. Shellenberg spent three years as a doctoral fellow at the Guttmacher Institute where she conducted quantitative and qualitative research on the stigma of abortion in the ... More »

Erika Troncoso, MA

Research and Evaluation Advisor
MA in Population Studies, Latin American School of Social Sciences, México City, México

Ms. Troncoso first began at Ipas in 2006 working on Latin America regional research and evaluation projects.  In 2008, Ms. Troncoso joined Ipas México as the head of their Research and Evaluation Department.   Ms. Troncoso has over 15 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research related to women’s reproductive health, gender, and health policy issues.  She has extensive experience working with vulnerable youth, ... More »

Amy Vincus, MPH

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ms. Vincus joined Ipas in 2011 where she provides technical expertise to the global monitoring & evaluation (M&E) efforts. She is currently supporting the roll-out of Ipas' upgraded M&E data collection, analysis, and reporting system. Ms. Vincus has more than 15 year experience in public health research and evaluation, focusing on process and outcome evaluations of US programs in school-based substance use prevention, sexual ... More »

Gertrude Voetagbe, MSc

Research and Evaluation Advisor
MSC, Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK

Ms. Voetagbe joined Ipas Ghana in January 2007. She provides technical and managerial support for monitoring and evaluation of program implementation and performance. Her work current includes regular monitoring of health facilities supported by Ipas, post-training follow-up of trained clinical providers, and ensuring accurate and proper documentation of service provision. Ms. Voetagbe is the lead author of a 2010 article in Human Resources for ... More »

Erick Yegon, MSc

Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor
MSc in Health Systems Management, Kenya Methodist University; Bsc in Statistics, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. Yegon joined Ipas in November 2011, bringing extensive experience in monitoring and evaluating health programs in East and Central Africa. He has worked in many fields of public health, including child health, sexual reproductive health (including HIV/AIDS, family planning, adolescence sexual reproductive health, information education and communication and behavior change communication), strategic planning, research, and health systems ... More »