Dr. Helena Duch is an implementation scientist whose work focuses on the design and evaluation of preventive interventions delivered in community-based settings, predominantly in the early years. Her research focuses on early childhood determinants of long-term health and positive development, and the translation of these findings into effective community-based interventions that address developmental and health disparities in minority children. Dr. Duch has worked domestically and globally with large international agencies serving vulnerable populations around the world. She leads an interdisciplinary project funded by the US Department of Education and the Heising Simons Foundation aiming to strengthen school readiness interventions in low resource, urban neighborhoods. Dr. Duch is also co-PI in a project examining the impact of early nutritional practices of Mexican immigrant families and children’s executive functioning skills. She is participating in the planning of a cohort study that will work with unaccompanied minors migrating into the US to better understand their strengths and needs.
Dr. Duch holds a Doctorate degree in Child and School Psychology from New York University and Masters degrees in Developmental Psychology (Teachers College) and Biostatistics (Mailman). She is Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
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