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Jenny Liu

HPL Visiting Professor


Jenny Liu, PhD, MPP, is an Associate Professor of Health Economics in the Institute of Health and Aging (Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences) at the University of California, San Francisco. She studies how social, economic, and cultural forces influence disease transmission and health outcomes with a particular eye for intelligent, evidence-based intervention design tailored to the ecosystems that individuals navigate on a daily basis. Using a diverse array of approaches that marry empathy with behavioral economics and rigorous mixed-methods evaluations, her goal is to identify innovative, cost-effective, and scalable interventions for vulnerable populations. She is currently PI of several studies focusing on integrated demand- and supply-innovations that deliver comprehensive sexual and reproductive services (e.g., HIV self-testing, DMPA-SC) for women, including adolescents across a variety of community-based platforms (i.e., pharmacies, drug shops, schools, community-based distributors, and e-commerce) in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior work includes studies on malaria, ICCM, HIV, PMTCT, and the health impacts of armed conflict. She advises NGOs, donors, the WHO, the World Bank, and Ministries of Health.