Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

Lia Fernald

Non-Resident Fellow


Dr. Lia Fernald, PhD, MBA, is a Professor of Community Health Sciences at the 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. Dr. Fernald has a Ph.D. (International Nutrition and Child Development, University of London), an M.B.A. (University of California, Berkeley), and a B.A. (Biological Anthropology, Swarthmore College).

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