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Anita Raj, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and the Founding Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California, San Diego. Trained as a developmental psychologist, Dr. Raj has expertise in social and behavioral theories and intervention development, implementation science, and evaluation, as well as measures development, in her focal areas of interest which include sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence and inequities such as girl child marriage, and adolescent maternal health, as well as substance use and HIV. Dr. Raj has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 40 federal, foundation and multilateral (e.g., UNICEF) grants conducting research in South Asia, the United States, Russia, and sub-Saharan Africa, and she has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications from this research. Her publications include papers in such prestigious journals as the Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and her research has been featured in media outlets across national settings.