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Student Spotlight: Doctoral Student Explores Relationship between Beliefs and Health Decisions

October 04, 2016

Elisa Maffioli, a fourth-year PhD student in economics from Italy, joined the Doctoral Scholars program in 2015. Her research interests lie at the intersection of development economics and health economics. Maffioli studies the relationships between people’s beliefs, perceptions and behavior in different contexts related to diseases. She’s working with DGHI faculty members Wendy Prudhomme-O’MearaErica Field and Manoj Mohanan.

For her dissertation, Maffioli is exploring how the recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia affected individual perceptions and trust toward a wide range of institutions, including actors in the health system. Ultimately, she hopes the results of her project will inform policy makers and stakeholders on how the government should work to rebuild trust in the communities after the contagion. Maffioli believes these factors will have a considerable impact in the post-Ebola recovery period of the countries affected.

“Interaction with students and faculty from different fields has helped me learn how to work and collaborate across many disciplines,” Maffioli said. “This is definitely a strength of the Doctoral Scholars program. I also appreciate the opportunities the program provides, such as presenting at seminars.” 

The Doctoral Scholars program is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year (through November 18). Learn more

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Elisa Maffioli, doctoral scholar and PhD candidate in economics

Interaction with students and faculty from different fields has helped me learn how to work and collaborate across many discipline

Elisa Maffioli, global health doctoral scholar

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