Ilana Seff

Ilana Seff is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Population and Family Health, pursuing a DrPH in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems. Before coming to Columbia University, Ilana worked as a Research Scientist at the George Washington University and the World Bank. Her work focused primarily on utilizing panel data to understand the dynamics of wellbeing in sub-Saharan African countries. Ilana has extensive experience developing and refining quantitative research tools and working with local partners to ensure quality data collection. During her Master’s program, Ilana conducted qualitative research to assess the nature of gender-based violence perpetrated against female sex workers in Cameroon to better understand how this violence impacts HIV transmission. Her doctoral work is focused on innovation in the measurement of social norms around violence against women in low- and middle-income countries. She has an MPH in Global Health from the George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Florida in Mathematics.


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