Approximately 17,000 children die worldwide every day, 44% of which occur in the first month of life, often from preventable causes. Meanwhile up to 1 billion children and youth aged 2–17 years experience physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect, which has ramifications for physical and mental health well into adulthood. Effective medical, behavioral, and social interventions exist, yet scalability – working across borders and sectors – remains a challenge. To nurture vulnerable children and adolescents into healthy adulthood, we join global initiatives, such as those led by USAID, helping to deliver effective practices and policies that improve child and adolescent health and wellbeing.
Our team brings together expertise from public health, social work, pediatrics, and the humanities. We are furthering novel and risky ideas to advance child and adolescent survival: developing portable multimodal imaging for early detection of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy resulting from birth asphyxia, identifying and illuminating how social policies impact morbidity and mortality, and unlocking social norms that influence family planning among adolescents.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Co-director, Community for Global Health Equity; Associate Professor; PI of the SAM Study
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
Current interests: chemical mixtures, social-chemical environment interactions, toxicant-diet interactions, child growth and development.
Phone: 716-829-5340; Fax: 716-829-2979