Joseph Matovu, PHD

Senior Director, Research & International Development

PHD, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Matovu is a behavioral research scientist with over 22 years’ experience in the implementation of social, behavioral and epidemiologic research. He is an author of up to 66 peer-reviewed, scientific papers (including a book chapter); a peer reviewer with many international scientific journals; an Associate Editor with AIDS and Behavior journal; an Academic Editor with PLoS ONE; and a Capacity Building Specialist. His research interests include HIV prevention research (general population; key and priority populations), implementation science research, adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), and social and behavior change communication (SBCC). Dr. Matovu is the immediate past Training Manager for the MakSPH-CDC Fellowship Program for nine years and he was the Program Support Advisor for the District-led Capacity Building Program implemented by MakSPH between 2014 and 2017. Dr. Matovu is a mixed-methods research specialist with long-term experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. His previous work has focused on the effect of repeat HIV counseling and testing on sexual risk behaviors and HIV incidence; unmet need and modern contraceptive use among HIV-infected women receiving HIV care in Uganda; health providers’ perceptions and readiness to provide HIV services to MSM and female sex workers in Uganda; evaluation of a demand-creation intervention to improve uptake of HIV counseling and testing services among married individuals; among others.

We are an ambitious and dynamic team of public health and development practitioners eager to develop new tools, knowledge, ideas, and methods to improve lives across the globe.

The Center for Research & International Development (CenRID)  is a global nonprofit organization based in New York, NY that focuses on development research and project implementation.
Our purpose is to implement evidence-based interventions and conduct high-quality research aimed at discovering new knowledge to improve the education and healthcare delivery and access for vulnerable populations.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To use data driven research to improve healthcare delivery and access, and education for vulnerable populations and communities.
CenRID​​ envisions a world where everyone attains the right to a high quality of life.


Honesty and integrity are the nucleus of our identity. They are the foundation of every successful and impactful intervention we implement. We remain steadfast to doing the right thing for the individuals and communities with which we work, and ensuring that our research methods and program interventions adhere to the highest ethical standards.


We are transparent and we expect to be held accountable by the communities we serve and our donors; it is how we earn their trust.   We will always take responsibility for our actions and address any missteps. We are an ambitious organization and we will learn as we grow.


We conduct a readiness assessment prior to each program or intervention. This implementation approach enables us to develop an intervention strategy that is reflective of the priority needs, concerns, and views of the community, which in turn empowers the community to take ownership of program or intervention


We believe effective teamwork and collaboration maximizes each partner's expertise and capabilities, and thus drives positive results.


We enthusiastically pursue innovative knowledge, ideas, tools, and methods that would catalyze the achievement of our project goals.

respect & cultural sensitivity

Our goal is to modify behaviors, not cultures. We strive to ensure that our program delivery methods are culturally compatible.      

Our dedicated leadership team is made up of experts who are committed to our mission and vision.