Monica Getahun, MPH, PMP

Research Program Director

Ms. Getahun directs research and operations for SSA-based programs with Drs. Afulani, El Ayadi, and Nutor, overseeing administrative, fiscal, and research activities. Ms. Getahun is a first generation immigrant from Ethiopia, and brings over fifteen years in applied research and evaluation. She’s worked in evaluation and strategic planning initiatives with foundations, governments, consultancies and non-profits in health and education, both in the US and abroad. She brings extensive experience in forging research collaborations, training and mentoring in the social and behavioral sciences, and managing research partnerships with local governments, academic institutions, and research collaborations, globally.

Areas of interest:

  • Culturally responsive research and evaluation approaches
  • Diversity equity and inclusion in research
  • Health/human rights 



  • Thomas Jefferson University, Masters in Public Health
  • Emory University,  Project Management Professional (PMP) certification