Pooja Sripad is an Associate in the Reproductive Health Program based in Washington, D.C. She is a social researcher at the intersection of women’s health and rights and has worked in East Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. She specializes in qualitative and mixed methods and investigates trust and socio-political relationships using critical approaches at community and health systems levels, including in humanitarian settings. She has expertise in scale development and measurement in community health. She leads study design, implementation, and dissemination through peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and program integration.
Currently, Sripad serves as a technical advisor on a range of studies at Population Council. Her research portfolio includes projects: Frontline Health: Harmonizing Metrics, Advancing Evidence across seven countries and Haiti in particular, Breakthrough RESEARCH’s provider behavior change in maternal newborn health, and Fistula Care Plus in Nigeria and Uganda. She also supports a study on the access to sexual and reproductive health among undocumented migrant women in Mexico.
Sripad previously worked in various capacities with the Council on the Ending Eclampsia, Heshima: Promoting Respectful Maternity Care and the Link Up studies. Prior to that, she worked on the Urban Health Initiative (FHI-360/JHU-CCP) out of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health, USAID TRAction/URC-CHS, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF’s Latin American and Caribbean regional office researching vulnerable populations (including urban poor and migrants).
Sripad earned her PhD from the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University and holds a Master of Public Health from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.