Julie Pulerwitz is a senior scientist providing leadership for a global portfolio of HIV and sexual/gender-based violence research that generates evidence to inform programs and policies. She is also Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. Her research focuses on gender inequalities, stigma, social and behavior change, and implementation science. Pulerwitz is a highly cited author with 70+ peer reviewed publications, and work that has been profiled in The Lancet, NPR, and The New York Times. She is part of the scientific leadership team of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), is co-chair of USAID’s Male Engagement Task Force, and is co-chair of the Global SIG at the DC Center for AIDS Research. She has served as an advisor to UNAIDS, the WHO, and UN Women, and has worked in 20+ countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, plus the United States.
Among her contributions, Pulerwitz is known for developing innovative tools that measure couple power dynamics (the SRPS), gender norms/attitudes (the GEM Scale), male engagement in childcare, HIV stigma in the health care setting, and the PLHIV Resiliency Scale. She was awarded the Best International Abstract from the American Public Health Association and is a recipient of The Congressional Award Gold Medal. She is also an AmeriCorps/VISTA alumna.
Pulerwitz received her masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.