Nicole Haberland conducts research on a range of topics related to gender, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV prevention.
As leader of the Council’s Rethinking Sexuality Education project, she co-edited It’s All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education, a user-friendly resource for sexuality curriculum development. It’s All One provides a rationale, content, and sample activities for placing gender and rights at the center of sexuality and HIV curricula. This resource has been translated into Spanish, French, Bangla, and Chinese, and is being translated into Arabic and Portuguese. Haberland also co-edited a curriculum for younger adolescents, iMatter: Puberty, Gender, and Fairness. Based on It’s All One and piloted in some of the largest school districts in the United States, iMatter, which includes a digital application, is now being rolled out in additional schools.
A 2015 study by Haberland finds that sexuality and HIV education programs that address gender and power in intimate relationships are five times more likely to be effective than programs that do not. The study showed that fully 80% of such programs were associated with a significantly lower rate of STIs or unintended pregnancy. In contrast, among programs that do not address gender or power, only 17% had such an association.
Haberland co-directs the Council’s RISING program, which is building the evidence base for improving the design and implementation of girl-centered programs. Other research includes improving HIV voluntary counseling and testing by incorporating discussion of relationships, power, and intimate partner violence; assessing the effects of gender norms on HIV testing and treatment; and exploring women’s understanding of male circumcision as it relates to preventing HIV. Haberland has also conducted policy and program research on married adolescent girls.
Haberland received her bachelor's from Tufts University and her MPH from Columbia University’s School of Public Health.