Stephanie Psaki is director of the Population Council’s Girl Innovation Research and Learning (GIRL) Center, which generates and translates high-quality evidence to transform the lives of adolescent girls. She is a social demographer with expertise in the intersections of gender, education, and physical and mental health. Her research focuses on what works to improve the lives of girls and women globally. She leads and contributes to numerous studies on health and education at the Population Council. She also works to translate evidence for broader audiences of policy-makers and practitioners.
Before joining the Council, Dr. Psaki worked as a project director in the Gender Department at FHI 360. Earlier she was a Co-Investigator on the eight-country MAL-ED study, focused on child health and development, at the Fogarty International Center at the U.S National Institutes of Health.
She holds a PhD in women’s health and demography from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS in population and international health from Harvard University. She has worked in diverse low-income settings, including Burundi, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Niger, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.