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Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Slawa Rokicki, PhD

  • Instructor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

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Maternal and child health; reproductive health; mental health; community-engaged research; health disparities; global health; adolescent health

Dr. Rokicki received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, her M.S. in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and her PhD in Health Policy, Evaluative Sciences and Statistics from Harvard University. Prior to joining Rutgers faculty in 2019, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Economics at the Geary Institute for Public Policy at University College Dublin in Ireland.

Research Highlights

Dr. Rokicki’s research focuses on improving reproductive, maternal, and child health both locally and globally. She studies the long-term and intergenerational effects of poor maternal health and applies experimental and quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the impact of programs and policies on the health of women and children. Her current research explores the impacts of maternal depression on women’s social and economic outcomes, assesses determinants of racial and socioeconomic disparities in maternal mental health; and evaluates community interventions to improve women’s mental health during and after pregnancy.

Her work in sub-Saharan Africa examines drivers of variation in quality of maternal and infant care and tests interventions to improve health care quality. She is also very interested in adolescent health, and has explored mobile health and empowerment approaches to reducing rates of child marriage and teenage pregnancy.

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