Aparna Jain is a Senior Associate and the Deputy Director of research for the Evidence Project, a USAID-funded Council initiative to improve family planning policies, programs, and practices worldwide. Jain is a trained demographer and her research areas focus on contraceptive use dynamics including determinants of contraceptive switching and continuation, task-shifting provision of injectable contraceptives to drug shops owners and private pharmacies, and mitigating the barriers to adolescents’ access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Before joining the Council, Jain worked at the Futures Group as a senior health scientist on the organization’s Health Policy Project where she provided technical assistance to country programs and explored the relationship between the total fertility rate and the contraceptive prevalence rate in Malawi. She also consulted for a number of years with RTI International, the Institute for Reproductive Health, and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Before that, she worked at ICRW as a technical advisor in the HIV program exploring the effects of HIV stigma and discrimination on prevention, care and treatment, and at EngenderHealth on the ACQUIRE Project as an M&E associate.
Jain received her BA from Oberlin College. She also has an MPH from Columbia University and a PhD in population studies from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Population Association of America and sits on the editorial committee for Studies in Family Planning.