Lia C. Haskin Fernald is a Professor of Community Health Sciences, at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Her research program is focused on questions at the intersection of socio-economic status, health and development in low- and middle-income countries. Her overarching goal is to change the trajectories of vulnerable individuals, particularly children living in poverty, through systemic, strategic and effective interventions. Her research focuses on how interventions can address socio-economic disparities and their related outcomes.
Development and evaluation of interventions to improve lives of vulnerable children; exploring psychosocial, ecological and biological determinants of health; obesity, overweight, and nutritional and epidemiologic transition; malnutrition, international child health and development; immigrant health, inequalities and health disparities; early experiences, stress hormones, salivary cortisol.