Jessica Cohen, PhD
Affiliated Professor, Jameel-Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Burke Fellow, Harvard Global Health Institute
Dr. Jessica Lee Cohen is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and an Affiliated Professor at the Jameel-Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her research applies the methods of program design, randomized trials, and impact evaluation to maternal and child health programs and policies in sub-Saharan Africa.
She has worked on a number of randomized controlled trials in Africa related to prevention, treatment and diagnosis of malaria, technology adoption, messaging and behavior change and pharmaceutical supply chains. Current field work in Kenya uses behavioral economic insights to explore new approaches to increasing demand for high quality maternal care. Ongoing work in malaria explores how perceptions of malaria risk influence malaria treatment seeking and prevention. She has other ongoing field work applying behavioral economic findings to improve program design in the areas of postpartum contraception (in Kenya) and nutrition (in Ethiopia).