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 behavioral scientist, Dr. Pulerwitz has over 20 years of experience in implementation science and impact evaluations, with particular expertise in gender and male engagement, SGBV, stigma, and social and behavior change. Prior to her current position, she was the director of the HIV, TB and Gender, Violence and Rights Global Program at PATH.
Pulerwitz has worked in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in addition to the US, and has published more than 50 papers in the peer-reviewed literature. She is also co-chair of USAID’s male engagement task force of the Interagency Gender Working Group. 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). These measures have led to a body of work documenting the salience of these issues across contexts / populations, and have helped shape HIV and gender-based violence prevention programs across the globe. Pulerwitz 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.