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Bridget Lavin

Research Assistant Professor
Bridget Lavin

Dr. Lavin has 12 years of experience evaluating health and development programs in international and domestic settings, including projects in Uganda, Cambodia, Kenya, Albania, India, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United States, for organizations such as USAID, World Vision, UNICEF, CARE International, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  She has led or collaborated on numerous baseline assessments, operations research projects, policy analyses, and outcome evaluations, on topics including programs for vulnerable children and families, people living with HIV and AIDS, health insurance coverage, long-term care, and disease management. Her international evaluation work always includes a capacity building component, to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation skills of clients and partners.

Additionally, Dr. Lavin lived in Rwanda from 2009-2013. During this time, she provided technical guidance to Tulane University's health systems strengthening projects, including those focused on human resources for health and national malaria control. She was an appointed member of a Rwanda Ministry of Education task force assigned with developing a technical proposal and business plan for a college of open and distance learning.

In 2013, Dr. Lavin designed and led the only known systematic study to date on the outcomes of various community reintegration practices among children living in orphanages.  Since August 2013, she has been seconded to World Vision United States to support evaluations and research across World Vision's global portfolio of development projects.

Her teaching experience includes:

Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation Research. Component of the Certificate Training Program in Strategic Information in Support of Improved HIV/AIDS Programming. National University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda, July 2010

Combating Gender Based Violence (GBV): Social, Legal and Public Health Challenges to Effective Programming. Tulane University Payson Center Summer Institute, Kigali, Rwanda, June 2011

Measuring Vulnerability and Resilience Among Children. Tulane University Payson Center, 1-credit course, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2014

Real World Impact Evaluation.Tulane University Payson Center, 1-credit course, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2014

Primary Classification: 
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Microbiology, 2000
  • M.S.P.H, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Public Health, 2002
  • PhD, Tulane University, Public Health, 2010
Academic Experience: 
  • Research Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2010 -
Selected Publications: 
  • Liszewski, W., Becerril, J., Terndrup, C., West, N., Lavin, B.C., Schieffler, D., & Van Sickels, N.”The rates, perceptions, and willingness of men who have sex with men to donate blood.” Transfusion. First published on: 12 January 2014 (ePub).

  • Thurman, T.R., Haas, L.J., Dushimimana, A., Lavin, B., & Mock, N. “Evaluation of a case management program for HIV clients in Rwanda.” AIDS Care, First published on: 11 May 2010 (iFirst).

  • Schore, J., Brown, R., & Lavin, B. “Racial Disparities in Medicaid Prescription Drug Use Among Dually Eligible Beneficiaries.”  Health Care Financing Review, vol. 25, no. 2, winter 2003-2004, pp. 77-90.
Country Experience: 
South Africa

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