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Peter Rockers, ScD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Phone(617) 638-5234
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

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  1. Rockers PC, McConnell M. Child Gender and Parental Reporting of Illness Symptoms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Jan 30. PMID: 28138051.
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  2. 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. PMID: 27888177.
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  3. 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.
  4. Fink G, Rockers PC. Financial Incentives, Targeting, and Utilization of Child Health Services: Experimental Evidence from Zambia. Health Econ. 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27620009.
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  5. 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. PMID: 27390864.
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  6. Rockers PC, Røttingen JA, Shemilt I, Tugwell P, Bärnighausen T. Inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research. Health Policy. 2015 Apr; 119(4):511-21. PMID: 25776033.
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  7. Fink G, Rockers PC. Childhood growth, schooling, and cognitive development: further evidence from the Young Lives study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jul; 100(1):182-8. PMID: 24808488.
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  8. Rockers PC, Jaskiewicz W, Kruk ME, Phathammavong O, Vangkonevilay P, Paphassarang C, Phachanh IT, Wurts L, Tulenko K. Differences in preferences for rural job postings between nursing students and practicing nurses: evidence from a discrete choice experiment in Lao People's Democratic Republic. Hum Resour Health. 2013; 11(1):22. PMID: 23705805.
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  9. Rockers PC, Bärnighausen T. Interventions for hiring, retaining and training district health systems managers in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013; 4:CD009035. PMID: 23633365.
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  10. Rockers PC, Jaskiewicz W, Wurts L, Kruk ME, Mgomella GS, Ntalazi F, Tulenko K. Preferences for working in rural clinics among trainee health professionals in Uganda: a discrete choice experiment. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012; 12:212. PMID: 22824497.
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  11. Rockers PC, Feigl AB, Røttingen JA, Fretheim A, de Ferranti D, Lavis JN, Melberg HO, Bärnighausen T. Study-design selection criteria in systematic reviews of effectiveness of health systems interventions and reforms: A meta-review. Health Policy. 2012 Mar; 104(3):206-14. PMID: 22325150.
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  12. Rockers PC, Kruk ME, Laugesen MJ. Perceptions of the health system and public trust in government in low- and middle-income countries: evidence from the World Health Surveys. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2012 Jun; 37(3):405-37. PMID: 22323234.
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  13. Kruk ME, Rockers PC, Varpilah ST, Macauley R. Which doctor?: Determinants of utilization of formal and informal health care in postconflict liberia. Med Care. 2011 Jun; 49(6):585-91. PMID: 21422954.
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  14. Kruk ME, Rockers PC, Tornorlah Varpilah S, Macauley R. Population preferences for health care in liberia: insights for rebuilding a health system. Health Serv Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6pt2):2057-78. PMID: 21517835.
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  15. Kruk ME, Rockers PC, Mbaruku G, Paczkowski MM, Galea S. Community and health system factors associated with facility delivery in rural Tanzania: a multilevel analysis. Health Policy. 2010 Oct; 97(2-3):209-16. PMID: 20537423.
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  16. Galea S, Rockers PC, Saydee G, Macauley R, Varpilah ST, Kruk ME. Persistent psychopathology in the wake of civil war: long-term posttraumatic stress disorder in Nimba County, Liberia. Am J Public Health. 2010 Sep; 100(9):1745-51. PMID: 20634461.
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  17. Kruk ME, Rockers PC, Williams EH, Varpilah ST, Macauley R, Saydee G, Galea S. Availability of essential health services in post-conflict Liberia. Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Jul 1; 88(7):527-34. PMID: 20616972.
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  18. Rockers PC, Kruk ME, Saydee G, Varpilah ST, Galea S. Village characteristics associated with posttraumatic stress symptoms in postconflict Liberia. Epidemiology. 2010 Jul; 21(4):454-8. PMID: 20453652.
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  19. Kruk ME, Wladis A, Mbembati N, Ndao-Brumblay SK, Hsia RY, Galukande M, Luboga S, Matovu A, de Miranda H, Ozgediz D, Quiñones AR, Rockers PC, von Schreeb J, Vaz F, Debas HT, Macfarlane SB. Human resource and funding constraints for essential surgery in district hospitals in Africa: a retrospective cross-sectional survey. PLoS Med. 2010 Mar; 7(3):e1000242. PMID: 20231869.
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  20. Galukande M, von Schreeb J, Wladis A, Mbembati N, de Miranda H, Kruk ME, Luboga S, Matovu A, McCord C, Ndao-Brumblay SK, Ozgediz D, Rockers PC, Quiñones AR, Vaz F, Debas HT, Macfarlane SB. Essential surgery at the district hospital: a retrospective descriptive analysis in three African countries. PLoS Med. 2010 Mar; 7(3):e1000243. PMID: 20231871.
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  21. Kruk ME, Porignon D, Rockers PC, Van Lerberghe W. The contribution of primary care to health and health systems in low- and middle-income countries: a critical review of major primary care initiatives. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Mar; 70(6):904-11. PMID: 20089341.
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  22. Danforth EJ, Kruk ME, Rockers PC, Mbaruku G, Galea S. Household decision-making about delivery in health facilities: evidence from Tanzania. J Health Popul Nutr. 2009 Oct; 27(5):696-703. PMID: 19902806.
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  23. Mbaruku G, Msambichaka B, Galea S, Rockers PC, Kruk ME. Dissatisfaction with traditional birth attendants in rural Tanzania. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Oct; 107(1):8-11. PMID: 19577750.
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  24. Kruk ME, Mbaruku G, McCord CW, Moran M, Rockers PC, Galea S. Bypassing primary care facilities for childbirth: a population-based study in rural Tanzania. Health Policy Plan. 2009 Jul; 24(4):279-88. PMID: 19304785.
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  25. Kruk ME, Mbaruku G, Rockers PC, Galea S. User fee exemptions are not enough: out-of-pocket payments for 'free' delivery services in rural Tanzania. Trop Med Int Health. 2008 Dec; 13(12):1442-51. PMID: 18983268.
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  26. Rockers PC, Wilson ML, Mbaruku G, Kruk ME. Source of antenatal care influences facility delivery in rural Tanzania: a population-based study. Matern Child Health J. 2009 Nov; 13(6):879-85. PMID: 18810618.
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