Professor Sommer is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (SMS) in the Mailman School of Public Health. She is the Executive Editor of the journal Global Public Health, and the SMS Global Health Certificate Lead. Sommer's research focuses on the the pubertal transitions of young people in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, exploring gender, sexuality, and the intersections of puberty and education. Recent studies include exploring through the use of participatory methodologies boys' transitions through puberty in Tanzania and the masculinity norms influencing their engagement in high risk health behaviors, such as engagement in unsafe sex, the uptake of alcohol, and participating in violence; and the ways in which the onset of menstruation may be interrupting girls' education in Ghana, Cambodia and Ethiopia.
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