About ICF

Tesfayi Gebreselassie

Lead Statistician
Tesfayi is a statistics expert with nearly 20 years of experience leading and providing data management, analysis, and methodological support to population based surveys on food security, poverty, and poverty analysis.

Tesfayi participates in data analysis and writing on health inequalities, measurement of absolute poverty, fertility and family planning using the demographic and health surveys (DHS) program data. He has experience in applied econometrics and applied statistics, collecting and analyzing data, conducting quality control measures, managing databases, disseminating results from complex multi-level surveys, and working with large datasets. Tesfayi has analyzed data from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies involving the application of complex statistical models, such as multi-level modeling and survival analysis, econometric analysis of limited dependent variables, and propensity score matching.

Previously, Tesfayi served as a data manager for the longitudinal, multisite study of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program . He participated in the development of a number of automated processes for various data reports, writing several annual reports to congress. He also delivered presentations at numerous Annual Research and Policy Conferences. Tesfay has authored or co-authored more than six research papers published in peer-reviewed journals, four manuscripts, and produced a number of short briefs, presentations, and data manuals.

Tesfayi produced analytical reports on absolute poverty, fertility preferences, and family planning, trends and determinants of traditional contraceptive use, inequalities in the coverage of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health interventions, and other reports using the U.S. Agency for International Development-supported DHS program data. He also managed and analyzed data collected through the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program Evaluation.

Tesfayi is proficient in statistical and econometric software, such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS, and has a working knowledge of R. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books, and working paper series on mental health policy, population studies, health inequality, and the labor market issues. He is fluent in Amharic and Tigrigna.

  • Ph.D., Economic Development and Demography, the Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Economics, the Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Econometrics and Social Statistics, the University of Kent at Canterbury
  • B.Sc., Statistics, Addis Ababa University
  • Liao, Y., Siegel, P.Z., Godoy, L.G., Xu, Y., Shaoman, Y., Scardaville, M., Gebreselassie, T., & Stephens, R.L. (2016). Reduced prevalence of obesity in 14 disadvantaged black communities: A successful 4-year place-based participatory intervention. American Journal of Public Health, 106(8), 1442-1448.
  • Gebreselassie, T., Stephens, R.L., Maples, C.J., Johnson, S.F., & Tucker, A.L. (2014). Retention of children and their families in the longitudinal outcome study of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families program: A multi-level analysis. American Journal of Evaluation, 35(2), 214-220.
  • Shapiro, D., & Gebreselassie, T. (2014). Marriage in sub-Saharan Africa: Trends, determinants, and consequences. Population Research and Policy Review, 33(2), 229-255.
  • Kakietek, J., Gebreselassie, T., Manteuffel, B., Ogungbemi, K., Krivelyova, A., Bausch, S., et al. (2013). It takes a village: Community-based organizations (CBOs) and the availability and utilization of HIV/AIDS-related services in Nigeria. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio- medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25(Suppl. 1), S78-S87.
  • Gebreselassie, T., & Mishra, V. (2011). Spousal agreement on waiting time to next birth in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Biosocial Science, 43(4), 385-400.
  • Jayaraman, A., Gebreselassie, T., & Chandrasekhar, S. (2008). Effect of conflict on age at marriage and age at first birth in Rwanda. Population Research and Policy Review, 28(5), 551-567.