Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H. in public health, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique; B.S. in chemistry, Converse College; B.A. in mathematics, Converse College


Mahlet (Mahal) Atakilt Woldetsadik is a doctoral fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She has an M.P.H. from École des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, where she was also a health policy research fellow and worked on various projects including studies that assessed the impact of national smoke-free policies on the incidence of myocardial infarction, and the burden of cerebrovascular diseases and mental health disorders in the EU27 region. Her master's thesis investigated the barriers to providing medico-legal services to survivors of sexual violence in Ethiopia.

Prior to Pardee RAND, Woldetsadik was a Young Champion Fellow with the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she designed a study that explored women's experiences with modern contraceptives and interpersonal violence prior to induced abortions. At RAND, her research areas include the psychological and behavioral effects of combat on the wellbeing of veterans, reproductive health rights of HIV-affected couples in Uganda, and different donor approaches to gender programming in countries with prolonged exposure to conflict, such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan. Her doctoral dissertation assesses the cost of sexual violence and its transgenerational impact in conflict-affected African countries.

Woldetsadik graduated magna cum laude from Converse College with a B.A. and B.S. in mathematics and chemistry. Her policy interests span the fields of global health, international law, transitional justice, and gender-based violence. She speaks English, Amharic, French, and Somali.