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Dr. Lia C. H. Fernald
Lia C. H. Fernald is an Associate Professor in Community Health and Human Development at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in international nutrition and child development from the University of London and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on health management. Dr. Fernald was a Fulbright Scholar in Jamaica and has been working in the field of public health nutrition for over fifteen years focusing specifically on children in developing countries. Her research focuses primarily on how inequalities in socio-economic position contribute to growth and developmental outcomes in children, and secondarily, on how interventions can address socio-economic and health disparities. The majority of her research has been focused on the examination of large samples of low-income populations in rural and urban Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa and Madagascar. Much of her work for the past decade has centered on looking at the effects conditional cash transfer programs, microcredit interventions, and community based nutrition interventions and their effects on child development.