Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS
|Title(s)||Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics|
|School||School of Medicine|
|Address||550 16th. Street|
San Francisco CA 94158
|Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health||PhD||2014||Population, Family and Reproductive Health|
|London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine||MSc||2007||Sexual and Reproductive Health Research|
Nadia Diamond-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department and Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Her expertise is in maternal and reproductive health in the developing world, with a focus on gender inequality/women's empowerment, family planning and abortion, nutrition, and the preconception, pregnancy and postpartum periods. She is a public health demographer, and did her dissertation research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on trends and causes of son preference and uneven child sex ratios in India. Much of her research is in South Asia, although she also works in Africa, elsewhere in Asia, in the US and Latin America. She uses mixed method approaches to research, intervention development, and evaluation.
She is conducting research on understanding and developing interventions to improve women's empowerment, food insecurity, and maternal and child health in newly married households in Nepal. This has involved the design and evaluation of household level, group, behavior and norm change interventions on nutrition, fertility planning, couples relationships and gender norms. She is also co-PI on the development of a mhealth intervention for postpartum women in India that provides information and social support. She has two new grants using social media to address COVID vaccine hesitancy in pregnant women in India and in indigenous communities in Guatemala. She has been involved with a number of interventions using social media for data collection and interventions. She teaches courses in Demography and Research Ethics and Practices at UCSF.