Last Name

Nafisa Halim, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Phone(617) 414-1279
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-6529-4455
 Awards and Honors

2016Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2009-2011Emory University: Gender, Family, and Global Demography Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008-2009University of New Mexico: The Dean’s Dissertation Year Fellowship
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Nafisa Halim, MA, PhD is an applied sociologist with research interests in the determinants and consequences of human capital formation (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition) among women, children and adolescents and program evaluation. Currently, Halim is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Boston University. Her current research examines the associations between women’s political empowerment and gender-gaps in primary education in India, parental access to credit market and child growth in India, Vietnam, Peru and Ethiopia, and cash transfer program participation and female secondary education in Bangladesh. Her prior research examined the associations between public-private partnerships and primary schooling in Bangladesh, maternal education and child survival in Nepal, intimate partner violence against women and child nutrition in Liberia. Halim has consulted with the World Health Organization, and served as a co-Investigator on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and private foundations. Halim’s research has been published in Demography, Population Research and Policy Review, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of International Development, Environment and Development Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science Research. Halim received her postdoctoral training in Social Demography at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A.s in Sociology and Economics from the University of New Mexico.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Maternal and child health
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Gender-based violence
  • Monitoring & evaluation
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  1. Gill CJ, Le Ngoc B, Halim N, Nguyen Viet H, Larson Williams A, Nguyen Van T, McNabb M, Tran Thi Ngoc L, Falconer A, An Phan Ha H, Rohr J, Hoang H, Michiel J, Nguyen Thi Thanh T, Bird L, Pham Vu H, Yeshitla M, Ha Van N, Sabin L. The mCME Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Intervention for Improving Medical Knowledge among Vietnamese Community Based Physicians' Assistants. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0166293. PMID: 27861516.
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  2. Halim N, Yount KM, Cunningham S. Do scheduled caste and scheduled tribe women legislators mean lower gender-caste gaps in primary schooling in India? Soc Sci Res. 2016 Jul; 58:122-34. PMID: 27194655.
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  3. Halim N, Spielman K, Larson B. The economic consequences of selected maternal and early childhood nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries: a review of the literature, 2000-2013. BMC Womens Health. 2015; 15:33. PMID: 25887257.
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  4. Halim N, Yount KM, Cunningham SA, Pande RP. Women's Political Empowerment and Investments in Primary Schooling in India. Soc Indic Res. 2016 Feb 01; 125(3):813-851. PMID: 26924878.
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  5. Halim N, Yount K, Cunningham S, Pande R. Women’s Political Empowerment and Inputs to Primary Schooling in India. Published online 21 january 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-0870-4. Social Indicators Research. 2015.
  6. Yount KM, Zureick-Brown S, Halim N, Lavilla K. Fertility decline, girls' well-being, and gender gaps in children's well-being in poor countries. Demography. 2014 Apr; 51(2):535-61. PMID: 24664903.
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  7. Yount KM, Halim N, Schuler SR, Head S. A survey experiment of women's attitudes about intimate partner violence against women in rural Bangladesh. Demography. 2013 Feb; 50(1):333-57. PMID: 22956416.
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  8. Yount KM, Halim N, Head S, Schuler SR. Indeterminate Responses to Attitudinal Questions About Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Rural Bangladesh. Popul Res Policy Rev. 2012 Dec; 31(6):797-830. PMID: 23255837.
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  9. Sobkoviak RM, Yount KM, Halim N. Domestic violence and child nutrition in Liberia. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jan; 74(2):103-11. PMID: 22185910.
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  10. Yount KM, Halim N, Hynes M, Hillman E. Response Effects to Attitudinal Questions about Domestic Violence against Women: A Comparative Perspective. Social Science Research. 2011; 40(3): 873-884.
  11. Halim N, Bohara AK, Ruan X. Healthy mothers, healthy children: does maternal demand for antenatal care matter for child health in Nepal? Health Policy Plan. 2011 May; 26(3):242-56. PMID: 20884618.
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  12. Pallab M, Bohara AK, Berrens R, Halim N. Private Transfers to Cope with A Natural Disaster: Evidence from Bangladesh. Environment and Development Economics. 2009; 14(2):187-210.
  13. Halim N. Testing Alternative Theories of Bureaucratic Corruption in Less Developed Countries. Social Science Quarterly. 2008; 89(1):236 – 257.
  14. Pallab M, Halim N. Journal of International Development. Social Capital Fostering Human Capital:Evidence from Bangladesh. 2006; 18(2):151 – 162.
  15. Halim, Nafisa, Kathryn M Yount and Solveig Cunnigham. "Do Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Women Legislators Mean Lower Gender-Caste Gaps in Primary Schooling in India?". Social Science Research.
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