Julie Pulerwitz is the director of the Population Council’s HIV and AIDS program, where she provides leadership for a portfolio of research that generates evidence to inform HIV programs and policies around the world. An accomplished socio-behavioral scientist, Pulerwitz has over 20 years of experience in implementation science and impact evaluations, with particular expertise in gender and male engagement, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), stigma, and social and behavior change.
Pulerwitz has worked in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in addition to the U.S., and she has published more than 50 papers in the peer-reviewed literature. She is co-chair of both the socio-behavioral and structural working group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and USAID’s Male Engagement Task Force. Pulerwitz was also awarded the Best International HIV/AIDS Abstract from the American Public Health Association. Her work has been profiled in The Lancet, NPR, Apple’s ‘Today’ portal, and The New York Times.
Among her contributions, Pulerwitz is known for her conceptual and methodological work developing tools to measure power in sexual relationships (the SRPS), and gender norms / attitudes (the GEM Scale). The measures have led to a body of work documenting the global salience of these issues, and have helped shape HIV and SGBV prevention programs worldwide.
Prior to joining the Council, Pulerwitz was the director of the HIV, TB and Gender, Violence and Rights Global Program at PATH. She received her masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.