Scientific Advisory Board

Current

Tom AchokiTom Achoki, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Director of African Initiatives, IHME

Clinical Asst. Professor, UW

Bio

Tom Achoki is Director of African Initiatives and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Dr. Achoki has over ten years’ progressive experience in population health research and program management at country, regional, and global levels. His areas of interest include monitoring and evaluation; program implementation and research; and health systems strengthening.

Ranju Baral, Economics, Agriculture studentRanju Baral, PhD, MPH, MS

 

 

 

 

Economist, UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative

Bio

Ranju Baral is an Economist at the University of California, San Francisco Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington. Her current research focuses on developing methods to better understand the effectiveness of health systems in delivering health services. She is interested in health economics and especially in the evaluation of public health programs. She previously worked as a Public Health Officer for a government agency and non-governmental organization in Nepal. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and also a PhD in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.

Barrot LambdinBarrot Lambdin, PhD, MPH

 

 

 

 

Implementation Specialist, RTI

Adjunct Asst. Professor, UCSF

Affiliate Asst. Professor, UW

Bio

Barrot Lambdin is a Senior Implementation Specialist at RTI International‘s Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice research division. Dr. Lambdin is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco and an Affiliate Assistant Professor within the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Over the last decade, Dr. Lambdin has led implementation science initiatives that have supported and strengthened health systems to more efficiently deliver programs in resource-limited settings. 

Gabrielle O’Malley, PhD, MA

 

 

 

 

Director of Implementation Science, I-Tech

Asst. Professor, UW

Bio
Gabrielle O’Malley is the I-TECH Director of Implementation Science. Dr. O’Malley has worked as an applied research and evaluation professional for over 20 years. Her experience includes a wide variety of international and domestic programs including child survival, private agricultural enterprise, medical education, community technology, commercial sex worker HIV prevention, HIV care and treatment, as well as applied research for private industry. Her research interests include innovative practices for program evaluation and improvement, formative research, qualitative methods, and the relationship of gender and health.

Susan_ThompsonSusan Thompson, MPH

 

 

 

 

Dir. Timor Leste Programs, Health Alliance International

Clinical Instructor, UW

Bio
Susan Thompson is a public health practitioner with experience working on both domestic and international public health programs. Ms. Thompson has worked on maternal and child health, family planning, and HIV programs in the countries of Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Cote d’Ivoire. She currently serves as Director of Timor-Leste Programs for Health Alliance International. Previously, Ms. Thompson worked for ten years at Seattle – King County Public Health Department in the Office of the Director on programs addressing worsening health trends among vulnerable populations. Ms. Thompson’s program and research interests include maternal and newborn health, health system strengthening, women’s reproductive health, health promotion, and mHealth.

Brad_WagenaarBrad Wagenaar, Phd, MPH (Chair)

 

 

 

Technical Advisor, Health Alliance International

Acting Instructor, UW

Bio

Brad Wagenaar’s research, implementation, and service work focuses on supporting equitable public-sector health systems and policies globally. Dr. Wagenaar has particular interests in improving the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders in low-and middle-income countries. He has previously worked in Cameroon, Haiti, and Malawi. In his current role working with Health Alliance International, a Center of the Department of Global Health, he provides technical support to a number of health systems, operations research, and implementation science projects in Mozambique, primarily focused on improving government primary healthcare and the quality and use of health information system data for decision-making and health evaluations. He is trained as an Epidemiologist and has specific expertise in quasi-experimental designs and time-series analyses.

Judd Walson_newJudd Walson, MD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

START Center Director

Associate Professor, UW

Bio

Judd Walson has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large clinical trials in resource-limited settings. He has worked extensively in Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Nepal. Dr. Walson is particularly interested in the effect of enteric infection and composition on immunologic function and growth. Currently, Dr. Walson is developing a clinical trial platform to test interventions to reduce or prevent childhood stunting and has several ongoing studies evaluating the effects of endemic infections (enteric pathogens, tuberculosis, and malaria). In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Walson is the Co-Director of the Global Health and Strategic Analysis and Research Training Program (START), an innovative collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington Department of Global Health.

Alumni

Archana ShresthaArchana Shrestha, PhD, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Bio

Archana Shresta is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Shrestha completed her PhD in Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Washington and also holds a Masters of Public Health from the Institute of Medicine, Nepal. She worked for five years with different international non-governmental organizations in the sectors of maternal and child health, tuberculosis, community based health insurance, and prevention of disability in rural Nepal. Currently, she is working on various cardiovascular disease studies investigating the association of the Nepalese diet with obesity and diabetes among suburban populations in Nepal.

Shiva Raj Adhikari, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor, Economics, Tribhuvan University

Bio

Shiva Raj Adhikari holds a PhD in Economics from Chulalonglongkorn University, Thailand. Dr. Adhikari is an Associate Professor of Economics at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He is also a member of multiple prorfessional bodies including the International Health Economics Association as well as the President of the Institute for Nepal Environment and Health System Development. He has been involved in a number of high-profile research projects examining issues relating to health policy and health care financing. The themes covered include the evaluation of equitable access to medicine, poverty and tropical diseases, the impact of urban planning on health, as well as health care financing in Nepal. His work has been published in a number of national and international journals specializing in health and development issues such as the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, and the Economic Journal of Development Issues.

Peter RohloffPeter Rohloff, MD, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Medical Officer, Maya Health Alliance

 

Bio

Peter Rohloff trained in medicine and parasitology at the University of Illinois (PhD 2003, MD 2007). Subsequently, Dr. Roholoff conducted residency training in internal medicine (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center). He is a cofounder of Wuqu’ Kawoq-Maya Health Alliance, a primary care system dedicated to excellence in primary care for the indigenous Maya population of Guatemala, and he has served as Medical Director since 2009. His areas of expertise include the use of indigenous languages to deliver health care, child stunting, and the social epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. He directs a large team of researchers and clinicians conducting applied, mixed-methods health outcomes research in rural Guatemala.

The HSDG’s Scientific Advisory Board is composed of 7 global health experts who provide the Implementation Research team with independent advice, critical feedback, and strategic guidance on current programs. The Scientific Advisory Board evaluates the design, methods, goals, ethics, and research tools of these programs and provides recommendations to the research team.

 

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