Mahlet A. Woldetsadik

Prevention Effectiveness Fellow
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Mahlet (pronounced MAA-HAA-LATE) is a Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is based in the Office of the Director within the Division of Global Health Protection, where she supports various Branches and CDC country offices with designing and implementing economic, quantitative, and mixed-methods evaluations to assess and improve the impact of CDC’s global health security investments. She has lived and worked in various countries including Ethiopia, Uganda, and India, and has over 10 years of experience working with local communities to conduct action-oriented research on a range of global health topics, such as promoting safer conception among HIV-affected individuals, assessing the long-term effects of wartime sexual violence on women survivors and families, examining the relationship between interpersonal violence, unsafe abortion and barriers to health services, and evaluating the reproductive health needs of women in acute and protracted emergencies. Dr. Mahlet is also passionate about mental health research, specifically understanding the psychological and behavioral effects of combat on the well-being of veterans and has provided research support to military veteran service organizations. She received her PhD from the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School and an MPH from École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique. Dr. Mahlet grew up in a multi-lingual household in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and speaks a few languages, including Amharic, French, and Somali. She is an avid art collector and kickboxer.