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Emily Sanders – Senior Research Analyst

Emily joined Edge in 2015 and has over ten years of experience in the design, implementation, and analysis of formative and behavioral research as well as impact evaluations. She has employed her quantitative and qualitative experience for both government and private-sector clients in domestic and international settings. Her particular areas of expertise are health communication and social marketing.

Prior to joining Edge, Emily spent four years with Abt Associates, Inc. where she managed international private sector health projects funded by USAID and the Gates Foundation. Specifically, her efforts included overseeing the design, implementation and analysis of formative research, message testing, behavioral research, and process and implementation evaluations. She also co-led Abt Associates’ Behavior Change Communication technical segment.

In 2010, Emily served as a consultant to Hindustan Unilever’s Lifebuoy Soap brand where she designed, implemented and evaluated a national campaign for Global Handwashing Day in India. She has also served as a consultant/research assistant on studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

At Edge, Emily’s primary research interests include applying what are traditionally considered “private sector best practices” in market research to meet the research challenges faced in the public sector. Focused primarily on health communication and healthcare management, Emily has worked with clients in government (US Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as foundations/nonprofits (including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship).

Emily has a Master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Political Science, with a concentration in Political Communications, from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily has lived and worked extensively in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, 3 year-old son, and a revolving door of betta fish.