Lauren Suchman, PhD

Lauren Suchman focuses on research design and data collection for the qualitative and mixed-methods evaluation of interventions to improve access to family planning services through private health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. She has particular expertise on how government regulatory and finance systems can effectively interface and support private provision of care in ways that best assure quality and access by marginalized populations. Dr. Suchman has experience working on large-scale implementation evaluations both domestically and internationally, and has written program and policy reports on reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia for the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, UNAIDS, and the Ford Foundation Vietnam. Her research interests include health systems, health financing, HIV/AIDS, and integration of SRHR services and financing. Dr. Suchman conducts her work with a gender lens and strives for intersectionality in all of her analysis.


  • The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, PhD in Anthropology
  • The Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, MA in Population and Reproductive Health Research
  • Yale University, BA in History