Katie Robinette

Katie Robinette

Research & Invited Presentations

  • “Are shifts in female desire mediated by fluctuations in estrogen concentration?” Robinette KL. Lab for Evolutionary Psychology, UCSB Research Grant Award and Research Colloquium. Santa Barbara, CA. 2007 
  • Other research topics include: Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy, Policy and Legislation on Female Genital Cutting, Adolescent Pregnancy/Childbearing, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, Water Access and Gender Equity in Developing Countries, Indoor Air Pollution and Pregnancy Outcomes

Key Professional Attributes

  • Strong experience and interest in the fields of reproductive health, gender-based violence, HIV and education

  • Comprehensive research skills, including study design, literature review, statistical data analysis, program

    monitoring and evaluation, scientific writing and presentations

  • Experience developing and facilitating trainings, presentations and educational materials for a range of audiences, incorporating best practices and evidence-based material

  • 8+ years previous work experience, including 2 years international work in post-conflict countries, exhibiting excellent leadership, management, coordination and project implementation skills within multi-cultural teams 


Public health professional with experience in research, program development, and monitoring & evaluation, looking to obtain a full-time or consultancy position involving research, development and implementation of programs addressing women’s health issues, including reproductive health, gender-based violence and gender equality.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2013 - Present

Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Coordinator

International Rescue Committee
  • Ensure effective systems to monitor country-wide Women’s Protection and Empowerment program activities, as well as oversee the safe and ethical collection, sharing and analysis of program-related data
  • Develop data-driven interventions and lessons learned around programming to contribute to key strategic discussions within the program and externally, including around advocacy and program design
  • Bridge research and programmatic perspectives to develop and oversee ethical and innovative research on WPE programs, including rigorous evaluations partnering with academic institutions
Apr 2012 - May 2013

GBV Impact Evaluation Manager

International Rescue Committee
  • Coordinated qualitative and quantitative data collections involving more than 400 participants in 15 communities in South Kivu, including assuring data quality and research ethics
  • Identified and analyzed impact evaluation results of mental health and savings groups interventions for survivors of sexual violence to promote organizational learning
  • Managed teams of 20+ interviewers and supervisors for activities in the field
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Global Health Fellow

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • 2010 CDC/ASPH Allen Rosenfield Global Health Fellows
  • CDC Global HIV/AIDs Program, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Contributed to the integration of gender-based violence prevention and care activities into existing HIV clinical and surveillance platforms, using current research and documented models of best practice
  • Identified and developed mechanisms for adding measurements of violence into HIV surveillance activities
  • Developed monitoring and evaluation strategies for U.S. government-funded GBV activities in DRC, including PEPFAR indicators 
Feb 2010 - Jul 2010

Media Coordinator and Teen Dating Violence Health Educator

STAND! Against Domestic Violence
  • Localizing and implementing a county-wide behavior change communication media campaign to raise awareness of cultural messages surrounding violence against women
  • Facilitating support groups for at-risk youth that teach and encourage healthy relationships, effective communication and conflict resolution to prevent teen dating violence
  • Developing both print and digital media material to increase knowledge and stimulate conversation about gender respect using current best practices in public service advertising
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010

Legislative Action Day Assistant

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • Helped organize and coordinate state-wide Legislative Action Day event to advocate for policy that supports ending violence against women in California
Sep 2009 - Feb 2010

Refugee Family Mentor Volunteer

International Rescue Committee
  • Provided practical and emotional support to newly arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo by ensuring their basic survival skills
Apr 2009 - Oct 2009

OLPCorps Project Coordinator Intern

One Laptop Per Child
  • Planned and implemented educational program for vulnerable children ages 6 to 12, involving 100+ rugged laptop computers designed to increase educational opportunities in low resource settings
  • Composed grant proposal and was awarded grant worth over $30,000, raised funds from personal and business sponsorships, oversaw logistics and technical equipment, co-authored project reports and project summary
  • Liaised with local government and education officials to address and report on gender equality in education access
Sep 2008 - Jun 2009

Research Analyst Consultant

World Health Organization
  • Contributed updates and input to "UN Standing Committee on Nutrition's 6th Report on the World Nutrition Situation; Nutrition for Improved Development Outcomes", 2009 publication
  • Compiled comprehensive database of existing national data on iodine status for over 100 countries
  • Analyzed and interpreted current regional and world-wide trends and estimated future trends in iodine deficiency using logistic regression models in SPSS
Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

Production Coordinator

  • Produced 2009 benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues and other events to increase awareness of violence against women, including organizing volunteers, securing financial donations and local sponsorship
  • Raised over $6,000 to support local organization Women With a Vision and international campaign to stop systematic sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Co-authored and published New Orleans Resource Guide for Women's Health
May 2008 - Mar 2009

Research Assistant

Department of Epidemiology
  • Screened medical records, recruited eligible post -Katrina patients at OB/GYN clinic, collected and managed patient data for Markers of Aging and Pregnancy Outcomes Study
  • Co-authored Research Study Manual of Procedures
Jan 2008 - Jun 2008

Community Assessment Intern

Mary Amelia Community Women's Health Education Center
  • Designed tools for quantitative neighborhood surveys and qualitative focus group and key informant interviews to identify gaps in health services in post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Conducted neighborhood asset mapping and identification of community leaders
Oct 2003 - Jun 2007

Program Coordinator

UCSB Associated Students Recycling Program
  • Liaised with campus, community, and businesses to assess campus needs and launch innovative programs
  • Supervised 17 employees, including conducting interviews, organizing meeting, and performance evaluations
  • Managed budget of up to $80,000, including payroll, merchandise, and equipment maintenance
May 2005 - Jun 2006

Volunteer Coordinator

GIVE Project
  • Advertised event through public speaking and various print and electronic publications
  • Organized volunteer hours, donations, and sales, raising over $11,000 for local charities


2003 - 2007


University of California, Santa Barbara
  • GPA 3.89/4.00, Graduated with Highest Honors, Dean’s List & Distinction in Major
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar & Golden State Governor’s Scholar
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society








Study abroad 1 year at University of Bordeaux, France  Worked 1 year in Democratic Republic of Congo in French-speaking work environment  



Oct 2008 - Present

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children
Oct 2010 - Present

International Project Officer for Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Mar 2011 - Present

Impact Assessment Evaluation for International Development Programs