Mercury Project codirector Heather Lanthorn introduces the project’s newly updated Research Framework, a public good that supports researchers, funders, and policymakers by mapping intervention designs designed to increase vaccination demand and science-based decision-making along with policy-relevant outcomes of interest. The 18 teams in the Mercury Project Research Consortium—working in 18 countries around the world—use the framework in their projects.
Heather Lanthorn serves on the board of Feedback Labs; is on the advisory board for IDinsight and the Clarity Foundation; on the steering committee for the Buncombe County Immunization Coalition; is an affiliate at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics; and a researcher with the Dignity Project. Lanthorn is also adjunct faculty for the joint MPH program, codelivered by UNC-Asheville and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. She formerly served as associate director at IDinsight, acting as a senior member of the Research, Evaluation, and Data (RED) team to bring a strong focus on methodological rigor, decision-relevance, and research ethics across health and education projects. She also worked at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Lanthorn holds a ScD in health systems, global health & population from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, an MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a BA in anthropology from Wake Forest University.