Eileen Yam is a social scientist with the Population Council’s HIV and AIDS program in Washington, DC. She has substantive expertise in conducting research that addresses the diverse reproductive health needs and gendered stigmas confronted by marginalized women, including those affected by HIV. She has overseen the Council’s research under the Link Up project, a global consortium led by Frontline Aids (formerly the International HIV/AIDS Alliance) aimed at improving the HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights of young vulnerable people in five countries in Africa and Asia. She currently serves as Deputy Director for Project SOAR, a USAID-supported global consortium that conducts HIV and AIDS implementation science around the world.
Previously, she was a monitoring and evaluation manager for the Abt Associates Private Sector Partnerships-One (PSP-One) family planning project, as well as a research and evaluation specialist for the population and social transitions program at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she evaluated a work-based education program for female garment workers in Cambodia.
From 2004 to 2007, Yam was regional program associate for the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program in Mexico, where she conducted research on family planning, unsafe abortion, and HIV/STIs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Yam received a PhD in population, family, and reproductive health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also has an MPH in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, and a BA in anthropology from Yale University.