Kathryn Falb

Senior HHI Fellow

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Kathryn Falb, ScD is a Technical Research Advisor for the violence against women and girls research portfolio at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid organization.  Dr. Falb focuses on evaluating programming to better understand, prevent, and respond to violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies.  Key current projects include: (1) a multi-country, mixed methods evaluation of a life skills and safe spaces program to understand how best to protect girls from violence and ensure safe transitions to adulthood in eastern DRC, refugee camps in Ethiopia, and among internally displaced camps and host communities in Pakistan and (2) an evaluation of the impact of cash transfers on women’s risk of violence in acute emergencies.

Dr. Falb is trained as a social epidemiologist and holds a ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Prior to joining the IRC, Dr. Falb served as a health coordinator along the Thai-Burma border and completed post-doctoral training at the Yale School of Public Health where she focused on evaluating a socioeconomic empowerment program in conflict-affected communities in rural Côte d’Ivoire.

Selected publications include:

  • Falb KL, Annan J, Gupta J. (2015). Achieving gender equality to reduce intimate partner violence against women. Lancet Global Health. 2: e302-e303.
  • Falb KL, Annan J, King E, Hopkins J, Kpebo D, Gupta J. (2014) Gender norms, poverty, and armed conflict in Côte d’Ivoire: engaging men in women’s social and economic empowerment programming. Health Education Research. 29(6): 1015-27.
  • Falb KL, McCormick MC, Hemenway D, Anfinson K, Silverman JG. (2013) Violence against refugee women along the Thai-Burma border. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. 120(3): 279-83.