Dr. Elizabeth J. Anderson is a Research and Evaluation Specialist at ICRW on the Global Health, Youth and Development team. She leads research projects promoting contraceptive choice, gender equality, and gender-based violence prevention. She has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including randomized control trial analysis, systematic reviews, and psychometric evaluation.
Dr. Anderson previously worked with the University of Arizona Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, where she analyzed national data on campus sexual assault and studied web-based prevention of intimate partner violence. She also worked with an interdisciplinary infectious disease research group, where she focused on maternal and child infection outcomes, primarily related to Zika. She conducted fieldwork in northern Brazil during the 2016 Zika pandemic and was among the first to quantify women’s barriers to compliance with warnings to delay pregnancy. She developed a vulnerability framework for sexually transmitted Zika and developed a web-based intervention to promote Zika avoidance behaviors in the U.S.-Mexico border region. She has also worked extensively on grant- and proposal-writing with academic partners, community organizations, state governmental agencies, and a national health policy group.
Dr. Anderson is an alumna of both the Peace Corps (Mozambique 2012-2014) and AmeriCorps. She also served as a research and program coordinator for a small, non-profit women’s HIV/AIDS organization in Tucson, Arizona.