Associate Dean of Global Programs/Associate Professor, Brown School
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Dr. Stark is a social epidemiologist whose primary focus is the intersection of global health, gender and child and family welfare. Her work seeks to build the evidence base for effective policies and programs to protect women, children, and families in humanitarian and development contexts. She emphasizes the need to develop rigorous yet culturally sensitive measurement approaches in areas where there remains a dearth of knowledge. Her work has documented gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, child separation and institutionalization, and the psychosocial wellbeing of child soldiers and other conflict-affected populations. The methodological approaches developed through her work have been incorporated into global tools and best practice approaches for UNICEF, the World Health Organization and others. Stark co-directs the Center on Violence and Injury Prevention and the International Center for Child Health and Development; holds affiliate appointments with the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Institute for Public Health; and serves on the editorial boards of Conflict and Health and BMC Public Health.