Kelly Hallman, PhD, is a health policy researcher whose work focuses on domestic and sexual violence prevention, HIV prevention, adolescent sexual health and well-being, indigenous empowerment, women’s empowerment, and equity in access to health services. She uses participatory, quantitative, qualitative research methods to explore how programs can be more effective. She has worked throughout sub-Saharan Africa and in Central America and South Asia. She has trained researchers and program implementers in how to monitor progress and measure impact, and is an adviser on many panels and studies, including the Population Council’s Institutional Review Board.
Kelly has authored numerous publications, including a comparative spatial mapping study, The Shrinking World of Girls at Puberty: Violence and Gender-Divergent Access to the Public Sphere among Adolescents in South Africa, showing that girls’ access to education and other community resources shrinks—while that of boys expands—at puberty due to threats of sexual violence. Research in Guatemala, Indigenous Girls in Guatemala: Poverty and Location, demonstrates that poverty and puberty-timed household labor demands and gender role restrictions – not indigenous ethnicity – are the main barriers to Mayan girls’ schooling. Social Exclusion: The Gendering of Adolescent HIV Risks in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa confirms that female social networks reduce girls’ HIV risk behaviors.
Kelly is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She received her Ph. D. in health economics from Michigan State University.