The Center for Social Well-Being and Development is a chartered center at the George Washington University.
W. Douglas Evans, Ph.D., is Professor of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles, books, and chapters in the fields of health communication, social marketing, and behavior change interventions. Dr. Evans conducts research on health branding and the development and evaluation of new health technologies. He works both in the United States and in developing countries.
Tamara Henry, Ed.D., has expertise on the Center for Social Well-Being and Development’s activities in the Caribbean region and with high-risk populations. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health, and an experienced public health educator focusing on social determinants. Dr. Henry has worked abroad in her native country of Jamaica and in South Africa, conducting HIV/AIDS prevention education efforts, and at the District of Columbia Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she worked on health issues that affected local marginalized populations. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, human sexuality, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as risk and protective factors in minority adolescents.
Hina Shaikh, J.D., is the Director of Program Management and Research Operations of the globally focused Center for Social Well-Being and Development (CSWD). In this role, Ms. Shaikh establishes goals and priorities to position CSWD as a leading provider of trans-disciplinary research, programming, technical assistance, and advocacy in applying a public health perspective towards the achievement of social equity, development and human rights goals. She leads CSWD’s communications, program development, and evaluation efforts. Methodologically, Ms. Shaikh has experience with in-depth literature reviews and qualitative research. She has particular strengths in program management for global health and social development efforts, program design, collaboration, policy assessments, evaluation research, and advocacy. Prior to joining GWU, Ms. Shaikh practiced law in public and private sectors.
Elizabeth Andrade, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health. She has significant experience working on programs and research studies in a wide variety of technical areas, both domestically and in Latin America, including gender-based and youth violence, youth well-being and development, water/hygiene, child and family health, infectious disease, and sexually transmitted infections/HIV/AIDS. Dr. Andrade is fluent in Spanish and has expertise in needs assessments, program planning and evaluation, training and capacity building, behavioral health, health disparities, and participatory development.
Rajiv N. Rimal, Ph.D., is a Professor in and the Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health. He has 20 years of experience in health communication and risk communication research. Dr. Rimal holds a Ph.D. in Communications from Stanford University. His work seeks to understand how individuals process risk information and how societal norms affect human behaviors.
Mark Edberg, Ph.D., M.A., is the founding Director of the Center for Social Well-Being and Development. He is an Associate Professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health, with secondary appointments in the GWU CCAS Department of Anthropology and the Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Edberg is an applied and academic anthropologist with 25 years of experience in social research, interventions, evaluation, strategic planning for agencies, and communication -- primarily in public health, in both domestic and global contexts.
The Center is trans-disciplinary such that faculty, staff and students from other George Washington University Departments and Schools can be involved in projects, as appropriate.