Tilly Gurman

Tilly Gurman

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health
School of Public Health and Health Services

Areas of Expertise

Gender-Based violence, Women's Economic Empowerment, Sexual/Reproductive Health


Tilly A. Gurman (DrPH, 2007, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, with expertise in health communication, behavior change communication (BCC), reproductive/sexual health, patient-provider communication, mixed methods research, and program evaluation. Dedicated to applied public health research, she has supported projects in countries including the United States, Swaziland, Guatemala, and Mexico. In one such project she interviewed Spanish-speaking women who had recently delivered a baby and surveyed health care providers. Using research findings, Dr. Gurman co-produced a video for patients—in the style of Spanish-language soap operas—about navigating the health care system and created professional development trainings for hospital staff about cultural competency and working with interpreters. More recently she led a team to analyze qualitative and quantitative program evaluation data from a five-country participatory video project which aimed to reduce gender based violence and harmful traditional practices in post-conflict settings. She also recently conducted research on the potential to combine income generation with health education in order to improve the health and wellbeing of indigenous women in Guatemala.

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1. Pitorak, H., Gurman, T.A., & Kambabazi Lubaale, S. It depends on your pocket: Findings from a qualitative study exploring women’s and health care provider’s perspectives on family planning in Uganda. Health Care for Women International (in press, 2013).
2. Gurman, T. Crime and punishment: Infidelity in telenovelas and implications for Latina adolescent health. In Servaes, J. (ed): Sustainability, Participation and Culture in Communication. Intellect-University of Chicago Press, Bristol-Chicago, 2013.
3. Romero, S., Ellis, A., & Gurman, T.A. Disconnect Between Discourse and Behavior Regarding Concurrent Sexual Partnerships and Condom Use: Findings from a Qualitative Study Among Youth in Malawi. Global Health Promotion. 2012; 19(4).
4. Gurman, T.A., Acosta, A. Stories and Evidence of Change around Gender-based Violence: A Report on the Evaluation of Through Our Eyes. United States Agency for International Development. May 2011.
5. Gurman, T., & Becker, D. Factors affecting Latina immigrants’ perceptions of maternal health care: Findings from a qualitative study. Health Care for Women International. 2008; 29(5): 507-526.