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Laura Hinson

Adjunct Lecturer in International Development


As a Social and Behavioral Scientist, Dr. Hinson works to identify and reduce social barriers to sexual and reproductive health for men, women, adolescents, and other marginalized populations. Dr. Hinson’s current work includes designing and implementing an impact evaluation of a child marriage intervention in Malawi, and leading ICRW’s work on the (re)solve project, which seeks to address nonuse of contraception in three low and middle-income countries (LMICs). For the last two years, Dr. Hinson has leveraged ICRW’s partnership on USAID’s YouthPower mechanism to promote measurement of positive youth development (PYD) in LMICs, leading the development of a PYD Measurement Toolkit. She is also leading ICRW’s work on developing global measures of technology-facility gender-based violence.

Dr. Hinson’s recent work includes a research study on access to sexual and reproductive health services of adolescents living in slum communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also conducted formative research in Zambia on the nature of sexual relationships and how that influences uptake and continued use of family planning. She has worked with multi-lateral institutions, foundations, and international and local NGOS, including the World Bank, USAID, and the Gates Foundation. Previously, Dr. Hinson worked with the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Advance Family Planning, and FHI360. She has a PhD from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an MPH from Department of Health Behavior (formally: Health Behavior and Health Education) at the University of North Carolina Gilings School of Global Public Health.