Neil Boothby

Professor of Population and Family Health


Neil Boothby is a Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is the former director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health. His research focuses on the long-term consequences of deprivation and danger on child development, and the comparative efficacy of interventions that aim to strengthen the capacities of families and communities to protect young children from harm. In 2012-2014 Boothby took a leave of absence from Columbia University to serve as the US Government Special Adviser and Senior Coordinator to the USAID Administrator for Children in Adversity. During this time, he led the development of the USG Action Plan for Children in Adversity, which was launched at the White House to guide the government's foreign assistance for vulnerable children in low- and middle-income countries. Boothby has held senior positions with UNHCR and Save the Children, working in low-income, disaster and conflict affected countries, and is also the founding director of the CPC Learning Network, which, through Columbia University, supports a range of research programs and training projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, a non-profit that provides technical support to local groups in Africa and Asia. He has published extensively on risk and resilience among war and disaster affected children, and is also the recipient of a number of awards for his field work, including the International Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work on child soldiers; the Mickey Leland Award for his work with refugee children; the United Nation's Golden Achievement Award for Excellence in the Social Sector; and the United States Agency for International Development Award for Outstanding Group Achievement for his intergovernmental leadership on the USG Action Plan for Children in Adversity.
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