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Laura Packel, PhD

Deputy Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Prevention & Public Health Group

Dr. Packel has been with PPHG since 2005 and is currently the Deputy Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) at PPHG where she works closely with the Director of M&E in overseeing PPHG's entire portfolio of M&E projects. She also serves as the technical lead in the collaborative development and deployment of trainings, guidelines, protocols, and global priorities for the M&E group. Dr. Packel is the UCSF-based Principal Investigator on a formative assessment of transactional sex among female agricultural workers and market vendors in Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire; she has also worked on evaluations of HIV care and treatment patient monitoring systems in clinics in Mozambique and Uganda.

Prior to coming to UCSF, Dr. Packel was an analyst for CDC-Uganda where she worked on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention studies taking place at various sites throughout Uganda. She also worked as an epidemiologist for the California State Department of Health, Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch.

Dr. Packel received her MPH from UC Berkeley in 1999 and her PhD in Health Services and Policy Analysis, also from UC Berkeley, in 2010. For her dissertation, she conducted a qualitative study among a sub-population of participants in an HIV prevention trial in rural Tanzania. The trial examined the effectiveness of cash transfers for negative sexually transmitted infection tests in motivating sexual behavior change and reducing infections. Dr. Packel's research interests include women's health and empowerment, transactional sex, and incentive-based HIV prevention interventions.