Assistant Professor of Population Studies (Research)
Maria Steenland is a health scientist with training in epidemiology, health economics, econometrics, and impact evaluation who joined the PSTC in 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research uses econometric methods to evaluate maternal and reproductive health programs and policies in sub-Saharan Africa and in the United States. Her previous research has tested the impact of policy changes in patient out-of-pocket costs, provider payments, and service organization on health care provision and utilization. She holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Before joining Brown, Steenland worked on an evaluation of a Medicaid payment policy change in South Carolina to increase provision of long-acting reversible contraception to postpartum women. She also evaluated a pilot scheduling system to reduce health facility waiting time for antenatal care in Mozambique and evaluated the impact of performance-based health service financing in Burkina Faso and Cameroon. As a postdoctoral fellow at Brown, Steenland continued her work on postpartum contraception in South Carolina, and extended her research to examine health policies affecting postpartum care more broadly.
Maternal and child health, Econometrics, Family planning, Impact evaluation