Jessica Heckert

Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute


Jessica Heckert is a Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, she addresses research questions related to 1) adolescent/youth health and wellbeing, 2) the development of metrics to measure women’s empowerment, 3) the impact of agricultural development interventions on women’s empowerment and other gender-related outcomes, and 4) the intersection of household gender dynamics and health outcomes. She is a social demographer and earned a Ph.D. in Demography and Human Development & Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013.