Dr. Elizabeth Anderson is a research scientist based out of the ICRW-US office where she leads research projects promoting contraceptive choice, gender equality and gender-based violence prevention. For nearly a decade, she has focused her work on women’s sexual health, sexual violence, contraceptive use and choice, social/gender norms, infectious disease epidemiology, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). She leads both quantitative and qualitative studies, secures research-specific resources, is responsible for financially planning and budgeting projects, and is experienced at research dissemination for academic, non-profit, and lay audiences. Her current work at ICRW includes managing multi-country research programs, creating M&E systems for partners involved in family planning promotion projects at the clinical level, girls’ empowerment programming to reduce risk of child marriage, and a Zika-specific contraception needs assessment. She has extensive training and expertise in systematic reviews and meta-analyses on public health interventions.
Prior to joining ICRW, Dr. Anderson 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.