(entered 2010) Paul is a Research Associate/Analyst with MEASURE Evaluation at the Carolina Population Center, reporting to the Director of Field Programs. His current work involves collaborating in process and impact evaluations of public health and health services interventions in the developing countries targeted by USAID, with particular focus on maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently Project Lead on a secondary data analysis designed to determine whether there is an association between endemic Schistosomiasis haematobium infection in girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa, acquired through exposure to unimproved water sources, and earlier onset and higher prevalence of HIV, by geographically cross-linking datasets containing data on the small-area prevalence of both diseases. Prior to his position at MEASURE Evaluation, he was a programmer/analyst for the Carolina Population Center’s National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) project, responsible for helping to prepare Wave IV survey data for dissemination. He has nearly 25 years of experience in scientific and technical analysis, writing, and editing in a variety of research and evaluation settings and has authored or coauthored over 20 peer-reviewed publications over the years, accessible on ResearchGate.
His program of study focuses on public health policy and the social/structural determinants of population health, taking an interdisciplinary perspective drawing particularly on scholarship in social epidemiology, social medicine, and health and human rights. He is particularly interested in the relationships between resource and status equity and population health or the social class gradient in health, and the effects of stigma on health. His dissertation, under the direction of committee chair Benjamin Mason Meier, is titled Three Essays on Wealth and Income Inequality and Population Health in Global and Domestic Contexts. He expects to defend his dissertation in 2015. Prior degrees include an MSPH from the Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and BS with honors from Duke University.