Ann Gottert is a social and behavioral scientist specializing in global public health issues, including sexual and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, and gender relations. She uses advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand individuals’ behavior within diverse social contexts and to develop and evaluate public health programs.
Gottert oversees various implementation science studies for the DREAMS Initiative (funded by the Gates Foundation and USAID), and for the Council’s Strengthening Operational AIDS Research (SOAR) project (funded by USAID/PEPFAR), primarily in African countries. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the Council in January 2016, Gottert served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Epidemiology, working on an NIH-funded HIV Treatment as Prevention trial in South Africa. Before this, she worked on another NIH-funded trial in South Africa, evaluating a community mobilization intervention to change gender norms and reduce HIV risk behaviors, particularly among men. Gottert also has experience in filmmaking, having co-founded a film production company in Madagascar where she created short films and social marketing campaigns for various international organizations.
Gottert received her PhD and MPH in Health Behavior from UNC-Chapel Hill, including an NIH predoctoral fellowship in STD/HIV training, and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University. She is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and a journal reviewer for AIDS and Behavior, Prevention Science, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.