Dr. Rainier Masa
Dr. Masa is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. As GSDI’s lead researcher for health and social protection cores, his research focuses on the economic and social aspects of health in low-resource communities. He has conducted research identifying and addressing social, behavioral, and economic factors associated with adverse health outcomes in low-resource settings in Ghana, India, Uganda, South Africa, and Zambia. He also teaches graduate-level courses on social welfare and poverty policies, asset development practice and policy, and research methods and program evaluation. Dr. Masa holds a bachelor’s degree in legal management from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines), a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a doctoral degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.