Global Child Health Research

Polio. Arboviruses. Cancer. Newborn health. Gender-based violence.  Our group is actively investigating questions about how to reduce the burden of disease and improve the health of children around the world. Our research also includes parasites, child nutrition and development, educational interventions, and novel diagnostics.

While our work ranges from laboratory work exploring the efficacy of measles vaccines in Mexico to community-based interventions to reduce adolescent pregnancy in Kenya, we target the health of underserved children in low-resource settings.

Faculty Research Highlights

The end of polio

Director of Academic Global Child Health, Dr. Bonnie Maldonado, has been awarded new grant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore the dynamics of oral polio transmission. The $3.6 million dollar grant will allow Maldonado and her lab group to study the impact of oral polio vaccination rates on the virus's circulation in Mexican communities, the results of which may inform public policy decision making in that country, as well as globally. 



Dr. Desiree LaBeaud appointed Bechtel Faculty Scholar

 Dr. Desiree LaBeaud  has been appointed as a Bechtel Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine, Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), Project title: “Integrated Vector Management as a Strategy for Reduced Disease Risk in a Newly Discovered Region of Dengue Fever in Africa”.  Her research is focused on arboviral epidemiology and virology, influencing factors on childhood immune system development, and vaccine response. Field sites include Grenada, Kenya, and other low-and-middle income countries.



Improving the health of populations

Dr. Gary Darmstadt,associate dean for maternal and child health and a professor of pediatrics, is leading multiple initiatives to promote the health of children worldwide. Most recently he will conduct two studies with Stanford's Center for Population Health Sciences and funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One will analyze existing data to assess the relationship between gender norms and the well-being of adolescent girls.  The second study will evaluate the effectiveness of a novel maternal and child health intervention in Bihar.


Gender-Based Violence Prevention Collaborative

The Stanford /Packard Gender-Based Violence Prevention Collaboration (GBV PC) was founded in 2013 by an interdisciplinary group of researchers who share a passion for preventing gender-based violence, especially sexual assault, both locally and globally. The group includes experts in in public health, statistics, adolescent health, and behavioral medicine.

The GBV PC is working on a wide variety of projects, including running the largest randomized controlled trial of empowerment training for male and female adolescents in the informal settlements around Nairobi, Kenya, implementing and researching an intervention for assault prevention in high schools in San Jose, California, and working with Stanford University to identify appropriate sexual assault prevention programs to bring to campus.

To date (April 2017), the collaborative has published five peer-reviewed papers, two of which have been identified as leading innovations in the field of sexual assault prevention.

·         Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPH, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer, Stanford/Packard Global Child Health Program

·         Michael Baiocchi, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Stanford Prevention Research Center as well as Statistics

·         Neville Golden, MD, Professor and Chair of Adolescent Medicine

·         Yvonne Maldonado, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

·         David Cornfield, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

·         Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, Professor of Adolescent Medicine

·         Jennifer Keller, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

·         Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Adolescent Medicine


Dr. Maldonado and colleagues in Mexico