Implementing Implementation Science

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Nancy Padian, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
Faculty, Center for Evaluation for Global Action
University of California, Berkeley

Nancy Padian, PhD, MPH, is an internationally-recognized leader in the epidemiology and prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV. She is a senior technical advisor at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR), a consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Padian is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Epidemiology Society, and the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research. She frequently consults for UNAIDS (where she is a member of the Prevention Reference Group and the Evaluation Reference Group) and also for the WHO on programs related to care, treatment and prevention of HIV. For more than two decades, Dr. Padian has developed and directed a range of research and intervention projects on HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and contraception in high-risk populations in the U.S. and internationally. Her portfolio includes an ongoing evaluation of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s program to eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe; a large phase III randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of female-initiated HIV prevention methods in southern Africa; and an RCT of a combined vocational training and social support intervention designed to increase economic independence and reduce HIV risk among adolescent female orphans in Zimbabwe. She is the scientific advisor to numerous World Bank and UNAIDS impact evaluations. While focusing on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, Dr. Padian’s research addresses the broader context of economic development, empowerment, and gender-based violence. In addition, she has expertise in the rigorous design and evaluation of public health interventions, especially those that focus on implementation science and addressing supply and demand side challenges.

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