Julie Pulerwitz is the director of social and operations research for the Population Council’s HIV and AIDS program. She provides strategic guidance and technical leadership to the Council’s multi-million-dollar portfolio of research, which includes projects focused on key populations, gender-based violence, HIV and sexual and reproductive health service integration, and evaluating innovative implementation models. Pulerwitz is also director of Project SOAR, a global HIV operations research program led by the Population Council and partners. Prior to joining the Council, she was the director of the HIV and TB Global Program at PATH.
An accomplished behavioral scientist, Pulerwitz has over 20 years of experience in implementation science and evaluation and program design, with particular expertise in gender and male engagement, behavior change communication, and HIV-related stigma. Pulerwitz is known for her conceptual and methodological work developing scales to measure power in sexual relationships (called the SRPS) and gender norms (called the GEM Scale). These tools have facilitated the comparison of attitudes and behaviors across different contexts and populations and have helped shape HIV and gender-based violence prevention programs around the world.
Pulerwitz has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in addition to the United States, and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.