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Associate Scientist
Dominick Shattuck

Departmental Affiliations

Dominick Shattuck, PhD, MS, is a community psychologist who works on global public health topics including reproductive health, COVID-19, and masculinities and men’s health.

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Research Interests

global health; masculinities; men's health; family planning; contraception; health technologies; reproductive health; COVID-19;
Experiences & Accomplishments
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University
Clark University
Dr. Dominick Shattuck is a cutting-edge researcher on public health topics including masculinity, gender, reproductive health, COVID-19, and HIV. He has led groundbreaking studies and implementation projects that engage men and women, couples, and adolescents around their reproductive health and has pioneered programmatic content based on this expertise. Dr. Shattuck implemented the first trial of male engagement in reproductive health in Malawi, scaled-up vasectomy services nationally in Rwanda, and designed the first efficacy study of a mobile application as a family planning method (the Dot Study). His work spans traditional social behavior change approaches to online and mobile technology integration. A Community Psychologist, Dr. Shattuck’s approach emphasizes the use of mixed-methods research that triangulates the perspectives of providers, beneficiaries, and policymakers. Co-Chair of the USAID-sponsored Male Engagement Task Force, he works with other members of this team to regularly convene men’s health stakeholders to share cutting-edge research and best practices. Dr. Shattuck’s experience, training, and ability to mobilize opportunities resulted in leadership roles across a wide range of health-focused research and program activities throughout his career. His work has investigated applied topics including adherence to family planning methods, factors associated with COVID-19 prevention methods and vaccine uptake, assessing, and identifying associations between gender norms and risk behaviors, ART adherence among PLHIV, and menstrual hygiene management promotion among communities. Dr. Shattuck regularly presents at international conferences and webinars, participates in podcasts, and publishes peer-reviewed articles and blogs. His multi-faceted work reflects real-world applied projects including the development of the first mobile games promoting reproductive health (Nari Paila) and the COVID Behaviors Dashboard, which mobilized real-time data for public health practitioners worldwide during the pandemic.
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Publications that span my experience.
  • Shattuck D, Kerner B, Giles K, Hartmann M, Ng’ombe T, Guest G. Encouraging contraceptive uptake by motivating men to communicate about family planning: the Malawi male motivator project. American Journal of Public Health. 101(6), 1089. 2011.
  • Gottert A, Shattuck D, Pulerwitz J, Betron M, McLarnon C, Wilkins JD, Tseng, TY. Meeting men’s mental health needs during COVID-19 and beyond: a global health imperative. BMJ Global Health. 2022;7:e008297.
  • Shattuck D, Wasti SP, Limbu N, Chinpanta NS, Riley C. Men on the move and the wives left behind: the impact of migration on family planning in Nepal. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 2019;27(1):1647398. DOI:
  • Shattuck D, Perry B, Packer C, Quee DC. A review of 10 years of vasectomy programming and research in lowresource settings. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2016;4(4):647–660.
  • Shattuck D, Haile LT, Simmons RG. Lessons from the Dot Contraceptive Efficacy Study: Analysis of the use of agile development to improve recruitment and enrollment for mHealth research. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2018;6(4):e99 DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.9661.