Tilly Gurman

CCP | Senior Research and Evaluation Officer

Tilly Ann Gurman, DrPH, MPH has over 20 years of experience in international and domestic settings, working on a range of health topics including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, immigrant/refugee health, gender-based violence, Zika, and cultural competency of health providers. Her expertise lies in social and behavior change, patient-provider communication, mixed methods research, and program evaluation. Dr. Gurman is dedicated to using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to support rigorous, yet practical, research and has supported projects in various countries (e.g., United States, Swaziland, Guatemala, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic). For example, while on faculty at George Washington University (2008-2015), Dr. Gurman led mixed methods research exploring the viability of income generation from artisan work combined with health education to improve the health and wellbeing of indigenous women in Guatemala.

In 2015, she joined the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) as the Research Director for the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative Project (HC3)—the flagship global health communication project of the United States Agency for International Development. HC3 (2012-2017) worked in over 25 countries in topics including family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and Ebola. During her tenure as HC3 Research Director, Dr. Gurman managed the project's research portfolio as well as led several quantitative and qualitative research studies. For example, she spearheaded the evaluation of capacity strengthening activities in three HC3 countries (Ethiopia, Liberia, and Bangladesh), applying Outcome Harvesting methodology. Dr. Gurman currently serves as a CCP Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, where she provides monitoring and evaluation guidance to the Breakthrough ACTION project and serves as research lead on several CCP projects.

Dr. Gurman earned her DrPH (2007) and MPH (1999) from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on health communication. She received her AB (1995) from Brown University, with a focus on international development.