CODE Zika Brazil


Faculty Collaborators

Abigail R.A. Aiken, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School and faculty research associate at the Population Research Center. Her research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography and public health. Her current projects include: examining women's experiences obtaining self-sourced abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access to safe, legal abortion through the health care system; evaluating programs and policies designed to increase access to contraception in the postpartum and postabortion setting; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive justice framework.

 Sandra Valongueiro Alves is a medical doctor from the State University of Pernambuco (UPE, 1980). Dr. Valongueiro Alves has a M.A. in demography from the Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG (1996), and a Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in demography from the University of Texas at Austin (2006). She has been a researcher at the Graduate Program in Public Health at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, since 2006. Dr. Valongueiro Alves has worked with Public Health, focusing on maternal mortality and abortion, gender-based violence, reproductive health, and information on mortality. Currently, Dr. Valongueiro Alves is involved with MERG (Microcephaly Epidemic Research Group). She is also a member of the Maternal Mortality Committee of Pernambuco.

Jennifer S. Barber, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. Dr. Barber’s research is conducted at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. She recently completed an NICHD-funded intensive longitudinal project, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life study, that collected weekly data on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interview data, observational data, and administrative data. The RDSL study identifies the types of attitudes, relationship characteristics, and contraceptive practices that affect early and/or unintended pregnancy. Barber also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting – in this case a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit and a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeastern Michigan.

Suzana Cavenaghi has a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology/demography from The University of Texas at Austin; specialization in demography from CELADE; and B.S. in statistics and applied mathematics from the State University of Campinas. She is currently a researcher and professor at National School of Statistical Science (ENCE) at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). She is a former board council member of the Brazilian Population Association (2001-2004), board council member of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) since 2004, and ALAP’s president (2009-2010) and is currently ABEP's representative to the Brazilian National Commission of Population and Development. Among her main areas of interest are reproductive health, fertility, family and gender studies, population and health, statistical demography, spatial statistics, geo-processing in demography, data bases and social indicators, and public policies analysis and evaluation.

 Raquel Zanatta Coutinho has a Ph.D. and a M.A. in sociology from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (2013 and 2016). Dr. Coutinho also holds a M.A. in Demography (2011) from Center for Development and Regional Planning of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Cedeplar/UFMG). As a post-doc scholar (Cedeplar/UFMG), she worked with data collection and analysis of two studies on Zika and vulnerability. In 2017, Dr. Coutinho joined the Faculty of the Demography Department at Cedeplar/UFMG. Her current research interests focus on women´s sexual and reproductive health and the contexts and inequalities that mediate the relationship between fertility intentions and outcomes.

Molly Dondero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on how immigration, race/ethnicity, social class, and place contribute to population-level inequality in health and well-being in the United States and Latin America. Her recent work has been published in Social Forces, Demography, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, and Population Research and Policy Review. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the faculty at American University, she was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development postdoctoral fellow at the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.

Gilvan Guedes is an associate professor of demography at Center for Regional Development and Planning (CEDEPLAR) at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Dr. Guedes received his Ph.D. in demography from Cedeplar/UFMG in 2010, a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University, and spent his sabbatical at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Dr. Guedes’ research has focused on the many ways in which population and environmental issues connect. In the last few years, he has devoted research efforts to understanding the connection between land use systems and household demography, environmental attitude and behavior, field and quantitative methods applied to population studies, and economic development.ehavior, field and quantitative methods applied to population studies, and economic development.  

Rachel Lowe is an associate professor and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as a visiting scholar at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. Her broad research interests lie in understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. She is currently focused on modelling the relationship between climatic, socio-economic and demographic factors on vector-borne diseases, such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and malaria. She also works on the UK Space Agency Project, developing a dengue early warning system based on climate forecasts.  

Raphael Nishimura is the Director of Sampling Operations of the Survey Research Operations (SRO) within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). He has been working with sampling and survey statistics for over ten years. He holds a PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from the University of São Paulo. His main research interest includes sampling methods, survey nonresponse and adaptive/responsive designs. He is also the director of the Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians of the SRC Summer Institute for Survey Research Techniques.  

 Abigail Weitzman is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, a faculty research affiliate of the Population Research Center, and a research affiliate at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from New York University in 2015, and completed a 2-year postdoctoral felllowship at the University of Michigan. Prior to completing her PhD she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Belize and worked as an intern at the United Nations Development Fund for Women.