Nafisa Halim, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, University of New Mexico
MA, University of New Mexico

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.

2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2009-2011 Emory University: Gender, Family, and Global Demography Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008-2009 University of New Mexico: The Dean’s Dissertation Year Fellowship

Zambia Rising
06/20/2013 - 10/01/2017 (PI)
Save the Children International in Zambi USAID

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  1. Halim N, Beard J, Mesic A, Patel A, Henderson D, Hibberd P. Intimate partner violence during pregnancy and perinatal mental disorders in low and lower middle income countries: A systematic review of literature, 1990-2017. Clin Psychol Rev. 2017 Nov 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29198412.
  2. Lisa J. Messersmith, Nafisa Halim, Ester Steven Mzilangwe, , Naomi Reich, Lilian Badi, Nelson Bingham Holmes, II, Maria Servidone, Elizabeth Simmons, Philbert Kawemama, . Childhood Trauma, Gender Inequitable Attitudes, Alcohol Use and Multiple Sexual Partners: Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2017. View Publication
  3. Messersmith LJ, Halim N, Steven Mzilangwe E, Reich N, Badi L, Holmes NB, Servidone M, Simmons E, Kawemama P. Childhood Trauma, Gender Inequitable Attitudes, Alcohol Use and Multiple Sexual Partners: Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania. J Interpers Violence. 2017 Sep 01; 886260517731313.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29294914.
  4. Sabin LL, Larson Williams A, Le BN, Herman AR, Viet Nguyen H, Albanese RR, Xiong W, Shobiye HO, Halim N, Tran LTN, McNabb M, Hoang H, Falconer A, Nguyen TTT, Gill CJ. Benefits and Limitations of Text Messages to Stimulate Higher Learning Among Community Providers: Participants'' Views of an mHealth Intervention to Support Continuing Medical Education in Vietnam. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Jun 27; 5(2):261-273.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28655802.
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27861516; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166293;.
  6. 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 07; 58:122-134. PMID: 27194655; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.01.002;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25887257; PMCID: PMC4407878; DOI: 10.1186/s12905-015-0189-y;.
  8. 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.
  9. 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; DOI: 10.1007/s13524-014-0282-0;.
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC3716289; DOI: 10.1007/s13524-012-0143-7;.
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Gender-based violence
Maternal and child health
Monitoring & evaluation
Reproductive and sexual health
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