Monica Getahun, MPH, PMP

Project Manager, SEARCH Qualitative and Mobility Studies

In addition to her work for the SEARCH Study, Ms. Getahun is a qualitative research advisor for several other trials. Ms. Getahun is a first generation immigrant from Ethiopia, and brings over twelve 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 is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Evaluation Fellow. She also serves as a consultant with an NGO based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she provides technical advice on qualitative studies of knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about Ebola.


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