Peter Rockers, ScD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MPH, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
DSc, Harvard University



Dr. Rockers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he is also the Director of the Monitoring and Evaluation Certificate program. His research is primarily concerned with evaluating the impacts of health system strengthening interventions and policies in developing countries using experimental methods. He is particularly interested in interventions that aim to improve early childhood development outcomes in high poverty settings. Dr. Rockers is currently Co-Principal Investigator for a large cluster-randomized trial in South Africa evaluating the feasibility and impact of an innovative package of early childhood interventions delivered by community health workers. He was Co-Principal Investigator for a recently completed trial that tested the impact of a community-based package of services on early childhood development in Zambia. He was also Co-Principal Investigator for another recently completed trial in Zambia that tested a set of interventions designed to increase parental awareness of developmental deficits in children. In addition to his work on early childhood development, Dr. Rockers is also a Co-Investigator for two large cluster-randomized trials that test the impacts of health system strengthening interventions on access to maternal health care and access to medicines, respectively.


Integrating a Package of Home-Based Early Childhood Interventions into Existing CHW Protocols in South Africa
03/22/2016 - 07/22/2019 (PI)
WITS Health Consortium Bill & Melinda Gates

IFPMA SOW 2
04/01/2017 - 03/31/2019 (Co-PI)
PI: Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

IFPMA SOW 1
08/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 2
04/29/2016 - 04/30/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
Sandoz International GmbH

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 1
12/01/2015 - 04/30/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
Sandoz International GmbH

Follow up study assessing impact of a mother-groups based intervention for early childhood on nutritional status and child neurocognitive and social development
03/01/2016 - 03/31/2017 (PI)
Department for International Development (United Kingdom)

Use of MHealth by Ward-Based Outreach Teams in South Africa
07/01/2014 - 12/31/2015 (PI)
The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) USAID

Improving Early Child Development in Zambia
12/01/2014 - 11/30/2015 (PI)
Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research Development Dept for Intl Dev-UK

Health Management Improvement Program
07/01/2014 - 09/30/2015 (PI)
The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) USAID

Saving Brains: Improving Early Childhood Development in Zambia
04/01/2014 - 09/30/2015 (PI)
Zambia Centre for Applied Health Research Development Grand Challenges Can




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  1. Rockers PC, Tugwell P, Røttingen JA, Bärnighausen T. Quasi-Experimental Study Designs Series- Paper 13: Realizing the Full Potential of Quasi-Experiments for Health Research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Apr 05. PMID: 28390896; DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.03.016;.
  2. Rockers PC, Wirtz VJ, Umeh CA, Swamy PM, Laing RO. Industry-Led Access-To-Medicines Initiatives In Low- And Middle-Income Countries: Strategies And Evidence. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Apr 01; 36(4):706-713.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28373337; DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1213;.
  3. Bärnighausen T, Tugwell P, Røttingen JA, Shemilt I, Rockers P, Geldsetzer P, Lavis J, Grimshaw J, Daniels K, Brown A, Bor J, Tanner J, Rashidian A, Barreto M, Vollmer S, Atun R. Quasi-experimental study designs series - Paper 4: uses and value. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Mar 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28365303; DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.03.012;.
  4. Bärnighausen T, Oldenburg C, Tugwell P, Bommer C, Cara Ebert, Barreto M, Djimeu E, Haber N, Waddington H, Rockers P, Sianesi B, Bor J, Fink G, Valentine J, Tanner J, Stanley T, Sierra E, Tchetgen ET, Atun R, Vollmer S. Quasi-experimental study designs series - Paper 7: assessing the assumptions. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Mar 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28365306; DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.02.017;.
  5. Rockers PC, Tugwell P, Grimshaw J, Oliver S, Atun R, Røttingen JA, Fretheim A, Ranson MK, Daniels K, Luiza VL, Bärnighausen T. Quasi-experimental study designs series - Paper 12: Strengthening global capacity for evidence synthesis of quasi-experimental health systems research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Mar 28. PMID: 28363733; DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.03.034;.
  6. Rockers PC, McConnell M. Child Gender and Parental Reporting of Illness Symptoms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Apr; 96(4):994-1000. PMID: 28138051; DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0249;.
  7. Rockers PC, Wirtz VJ, Vian T, Onyango MA, Ashigbie PG, Laing R. Study protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an NCD access to medicines initiative: evaluation of Novartis Access in Kenya. BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 25; 6(11):e013386.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27888177; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013386;.
  8. Rockers PC, Fink G, Zanolini A, Banda B, Biemba G, Sullivan C, Mutembo S, Silavwe V, Hamer D. Impact of a community-based package of interventions on child development in Zambia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. BMJ Global Health. 2016; 1:e000104.
  9. Fink G, Rockers PC. Financial Incentives, Targeting, and Utilization of Child Health Services: Experimental Evidence from Zambia. Health Econ. 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27620009; DOI: 10.1002/hec.3404;.
  10. Larson BA, Rockers PC, Bonawitz R, Sriruttan C, Glencross DK, Cassim N, Coetzee LM, Greene GS, Chiller TM, Vallabhaneni S, Long L, van Rensburg C, Govender NP. Screening HIV-Infected Patients with Low CD4 Counts for Cryptococcal Antigenemia prior to Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy: Cost Effectiveness of Alternative Screening Strategies in South Africa. PLoS One. 2016; 11(7):e0158986.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27390864; PMCID: PMC4938608; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158986;.
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