Anastasia Gage

Tulane University

Field of Study: Demography
Specialization: Children and Youth, Gender Roles-Differentials, Reproductive Health (Family Planning)
Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, or MD), University of Pennsylvania, Demography, 1990
Working languages: English
Other association membership in population or related fields: Population Association of America (PAA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)
Professional Summary:

Anastasia J. Gage is a Professor in the Department of International Health and Sustainable Development, Tulane University. She holds a Ph.D. in demography.  Her research focuses on child marriage, gender-based violence, maternal and reproductive health, and adolescent health. She teaches Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Developing Countries, and Adolescent Health Policies and Programs.  Dr. Gage has extensive experience on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of population and health programs in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Haiti, Jamaica, Niger, Uganda and Zambia and on institutional capacity building for the offer of M&E courses at selected universities in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dr. Gage has served as Tulane Principal Investigator for sub-agreements on a number of USAID-funded projects including MEASURE Evaluation, APHIA II Evaluation (Kenya), the Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Associate Award, and the Kenya Associate Award. 




Gage, A. J., Wood, F.E., Woo, W., & Gay, R. (2022). Impact of the Momentum pilot project on male involvement in maternal health and newborn care in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: a quasi-experimental study. BMC Women’s Health,22(1), 460.

Gage, A. J., Wood, F. E., Kittoe, D., Murthy, P., & Gay, R.  (2022). Association of male partners’ gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors with young mothers’ postpartum family planning and maternal health outcomes in Kinshasa, DRC. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 12182. 

Gage, A. J., Wood, F. E., & Akilimali, P. Z. (2021). Perceived norms, personal agency, and postpartum family planning intentions among first-time mothers age 15-24 years in Kinshasa: A cross-sectional analysis. PloS One, 16(7), e0254085.

Akilimali, P. Z., Nguyen-Toan, T., & Gage, A. J. (2021). Heterogeneity of modern contraceptive use among urban slum and nonslum women in Kinshasa, DR Congo: Cross-sectional analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(17), 9400.

Yukich, J., Worges, M., Gage, A. J., Hotchkiss, D. R., Preaux, A., Murray, C., & Cappa, C. (2021). Projecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child marriage. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 69(6s): S23-S30.

Honorary or professional positions and awards:
2023-2026 Scientific Advisory Group, icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2018-2023 United Nations High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, New York, USA

2018-2024 Invited Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (French Institute for Demographic Studies), Paris, France
Research grants:
Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director, MOMENTUM: New Gender-Transformative Integrated Model for First-time Parents in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Grant Agreement Investment ID: OPP1159547 with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from March 20, 2017 through June 30, 2022: $5,581,555.60 .