Martha Silva, PhD, MPH
Education & Affiliations
Martha Silva has over 20 years of experience in international public health in the non-profit sector, academic institutions, and independently as a research and evaluation consultant. Her research focus includes health services research and social and behavior change evidence generation for program and policy improvement. From 2018-2023 she was Data Strategist and Innovation Team Lead for the Breakthrough RESEARCH project – a USAID cooperative agreement tasked with advancing social and behavior change by promoting evidence-based solutions to improve health and development programs around the world. In this role, Dr. Silva worked with B-R partners to identify strategic and innovative ways to collect, analyze, and use qualitative and quantitative data to strengthen program interventions in Africa and Latin America. Dr. Silva’s research has focused on factors affecting access to – and use of – contraception and abortion care, studying individual and community factors, healthcare setting and system-level factors impacting abortion care pathways in settings where abortion is legal and illegal; including Mexico, New Zealand, Uruguay, Cameroon and USA.
Please view Dr. Silva's publications at her NCBI profile page.
- Abortion, family planning, comprehensive sex education, reproductive justice
- Social and behavior change research and evaluation
- Provider behavior change and health services research
Honors & Awards
- 2023 - 2024: Anti-Racism Leadership Program, Tulane University
- 2023: Abortion Scholars Accelerator Program, ANSIRH, UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
- 2022 - present: Newcomb Fellow, Tulane University
- 2004-2006: Compton Foundation Population Fellowship, Compton Foundation
- 2004-2005: Population Policy Communication Fellowship, Population Reference Bureau
SPHU 3110 Social and Behavioral Perspective of Public Health