Jayne Byakika-Tusiime BITSS CatalystPublic Health

Jayne Tusiime is an Epidemiologist with a Pharmaceutical background and over fourteen years of experience in Research and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) in the sectors of HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis; and Maternal, New Born, and Child Health. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2010 and has worked with several research organizations. She currently serves as a Lecturer and Head of the Department of Public Health at Busitema University in Uganda in the Faculty of HealthSciences. She is an East Africa Social Sciences Translation Collaborative (EASST) Fellow and has completed a fellowship in Impact Evaluation of Development Programs at UC Berkeley with the Center for Effective Global Action.

Since 2010, Dr. Tusiime has worked on various aspects of M&E of health programs. She had the privilege to lead a team of M&E experts in Uganda under the M&E Technical Assistance project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Uganda. Their major role was to develop and strengthen M&E capacity for HIV/AIDS programs. From 2010 to 2013, she worked with the CDC in Uganda as a Senior Behavioral Scientist and Team Lead for Operations Research. Prior to this, Dr. Tusiime coordinated a 5-year longitudinal study on adherence to antiretroviral medications under the Makerere University-University of California San Francisco Adherence Collaboration that culminated in several publications. She is a past president of the Uganda Society for Health Scientists and she trains scientists in Uganda in research methodology and data analysis.

Her current research project is on evaluating the impact of replacing dirt floors in households with solid floors on soil-transmitted illnesses like diarrheal and intestinal parasitic diseases among children under five.  Given her current position of service, she has the opportunity to introduce and promote transparent research practices to future researchers. Introducing these practices early in their career will enhance more acceptance and uptake of transparent research.