Paul C. Hewett, Ph.D. is a senior associate based in the Population Council’s Washington, DC, office. He is an accomplished researcher with over 20 years of public health research experience in developing country settings, including working in Zambia for six years. He has a broad expertise and experience in conducting social and behavioral science research and rigorous evaluation of interventions and programs, with a focus on adolescent health, HIV prevention behaviors and the intersection of education and poverty, among other topics.
Hewett is currently Deputy Director of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth (PGY) Program at the Population Council, contributing to innovative and rigorous evidence generation to achieve policy and program impact in the areas of adolescence, demographic trends and vulnerable populations. He is also Technical Director of Breakthrough RESEARCH of USAID’s flagship social and behavioral change (SBC) research program. He oversees the execution of a large, multifaceted portfolio of SBC research in the areas of family planning, maternal newborn and child health, and malaria, including research and program evaluation conducted by the Population Council and its consortium partners.
Hewett has also worked as lead or principal investigator on grants from the NIH, USAID, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He holds a BA in economics and political science from Rutgers University, and an MA and PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.