Researcher Biography

Joemer Maravilla is currently in the second year of his PhD working on adolescent health and epidemiology.  He holds a bachelor degree in Nursing and has public health research experience in reproductive health and health systems in the Philippines.

He previously worked as a health systems consultant under USAID project through Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina to facilitate implementation of adolescent health service delivery and community information systems in selected areas in the Philippines. Also, he served as a research and policy fellow in the Department of Health-Philippines to conduct macro-level research and assist formulation of policies concerning family planning and maternal health.

PhD topic

Repeated Teenage Pregnancy in the Philippines: Trends, Factors and Outcomes


  • Prof. Rosa Alati (Principal)
  • Dr. Kim Betts (Associate)

Research interests

  • Global adolescent health
  • Epidemiology
  • Meta-analysis
  • Reproductive health
  • Mental health


Maravilla, J. C., Betts, K. S., Abajobir, A. A., Couto, E. C. C., & Alati, R. (2016). The Role of Community Health Workers in Preventing Adolescent Repeat Pregnancies and Births. J Adolesc Health, 59(4), 378-390. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.05.011

Maravilla, J. C., Betts, K., Couto e Cruz, C. & Alati, R. (2016). Comprehensive meta-analytic review of factors influencing repeated adolescent pregnancy. International Congress of Pediatric. In: Vancouver, Canada. 17-22 August 2016.

Abajobir, A. A., Kisely, S., Maravilla, J. C., Williams, G., & Najman, J. M. (2017). Gender differences in the association between childhood sexual abuse and risky sexual behaviours: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect, 63, 249-260. doi:

Abajobir, A. A., Maravilla, J. C., Alati, R., & Najman, J. M. (2016). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between unintended pregnancy and perinatal depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 192, 56-63. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2015.12.008

Couto e Cruz, C., Maravilla J. C., Salom, C., & Alati, R. (2016). Discrimination towards people who inject drugs (PWID): A Systematic Review about mental and physical health outcomes. In: Global Addiction Conference, Venice, Italy. 2-4 October 2016.

Maravilla, J. C., Juban, N. and Paje, R. (2014). Assessing the Effectiveness of Community Health Team Deployment in Decreasing the Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning among Poor Women of Reproductive Age. Department of Health Philippines

Maravilla, J., Juban, N. and Paje, R. (2014). Community Health Team Deployment in Improving Access to Healthcare among Poor Households: Policy Analysis. Department of Health Philippines

Maravilla, J. (2013). Attitude of Nurses towards the Use of Braden Scale in Intensive Care Units and Medical Wards. Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library

Maravilla, J., et. al. (2012). The Knowledge of Nurses in Pressure Ulcer Prevention and their Attitude towards the Use of Braden Scale. International Journal of Nursing Practice – Journal of Nursing Interventions

Researcher biography

Joemer's main research area is on adolescent health epidemiology and program evaluation.

Joemer focuses on pragmatic approaches in epidemiology to identify social determinants and mental health risks in adolescents including young mothers. Apart from applications of modelling techniques on cross-sectional and panel data, he has expertise in conducting evidence synthesis including meta-analytic methodologies.

Joemer also has an extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation of health and social programs. He previously worked as a research fellow and health systems consultant in government agencies and international NGOs focused on adolescent health and reproductive health services at local and national contexts. Now, he is involved with evaluation of programs targeting young people with complex mental health issues and those who are victims of domestic and family violence.

Joemer has strong research interests on contextualizing adolescent reproductive health through mental health risks, and mental health integration in primary care in low resource settings.