Ilene S. Speizer

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Ph.D., Research Professor, Maternal and Child Health

ilene_speizer@unc.edu

CPC Office: 308 W Rosemary St, Room 201
CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-3513

Dr. Speizer's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Speizer's Google Scholar profile

Dr. Speizer's publications in PubMed

Dr. Speizer's CPC publications

A demographer by training, Speizer is currently undertaking research that corresponds to the Center’s focus areas. One area that Speizer has contributed to demonstrates that fertility desires are multi-dimensional and that women often hold ambivalent fertility desires. She has undertaken this work in numerous contexts including India; Senegal; Honduras; Indonesia; and the U.S. This work has shown that family planning needs may be overestimated because of ambivalence about future childbearing. Another of Speizer’s focus areas is adolescent reproductive health. She has been a key contributor to international working groups and teams considering how to measure adolescent sexual risk-taking and approaches to evaluating programs to prevent adolescent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Speizer is the co-PI for the Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project, a multi-country evaluation of Bill & Melinda Gates funded Urban Reproductive Health Initiative programs. The MLE project’s data provide rich information including information on sexual risk-taking of young people in urban contexts as presented in a recent paper on emergency contraceptive use in Nigeria and Kenya (Morgan et al., 2014), and in a paper that examined the timing and circumstances of sexual behaviors of urban youth in Senegal, Kenya, and Nigeria (Speizer et al.,2013). Finally, Speizer has examined issues related to access to and use of maternal and child health services and disparities in use. This has been examined in various settings including Senegal, India, Nigeria, and Ghana.

Speizer’s work will focus on extending the evaluation findings from the MLE project and examining important questions related to the sustainability of family planning and reproductive health programs in contexts where the funding ends and the demand for services remain. These are important implementation science questions where the family planning and reproductive health field has great opportunities to contribute and Speizer’s prior work and data from the MLE project position her and CPC to be leaders in this area.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Population Health

  • Reproductive Health

Current Research Projects:

Information updated on 6/29/2017

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