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Maria Elena Figueroa, PHD

Director of Research and Evaluation; Assistant Scientist

Maria Elena Figueroa is currently Assistant Scientist in the Faculty of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) where she teaches a graduate seminar on Health Communication. She is also the Director of the Global Program on Water and Hygiene, and Director of the Research and Evaluation Division of the Center for Communication Programs (CCP) at the JHSPH. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Figueroa has contributed to the fields of health and development communication through research conducted in numerous countries worldwide, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and Peru. Dr. Figueroa has conducted research on health behaviors related to family planning, HIV/AIDS, gender equity, youth reproductive health, quality of care, client-provider interaction, and avian influenza. Her current work focuses on the understanding of ecological, household and individual factors affecting water and hygiene behavior, and research focused on gender dynamics and HIV in Mozambique. Her additional research interests include the development of conceptual models and indicators to assess the effect of community-based interventions for participatory development; behavior change indicators related to gender in development programs; and the role of household traits on health behavior. As Director for the Global Program on Water and Hygiene, Dr. Figueroa provides technical expertise in these areas to CCP research and programs and to the larger community working on these issues. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the JHU Global Water Program led by the Center for Water and Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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