Mychelle Balthazard, PhD
Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Mychelle has over 12 years of experience in conducting research on the impact of mass violence and human rights violations in on-going and post-conflict countries. Since 2017, she is leading and coordinates a project in the Central African Republic (CAR) aiming at gathering population’s perception on justice, security, peacebuilding and social cohesion and translating those perceptions into evidence-based policy and programmatic actions. Since 2020, she is also leading projects aiming at research capacity building of government officials and young researchers in CAR, and, a project aiming at measuring effectiveness of peacebuilding efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and CAR. She previously worked and lived in Cambodia for nearly 9 years, conducting research on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a transitional justice mechanism. She worked in Ivory Coast and DRC studying victim participation at the International Criminal Court, and led in-country data collections on education and peacebuilding in Uganda, Ivory Coast and DRC. Mychelle has joined HHI Peace and Human Rights Data Program in 2017 as coordinator for the CAR project. She is Research Scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Mychelle holds a Ph.D. in international development form Tulane University, and a Master in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley.