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Fred Ssewamala

Fred Ssewamala

Distinguished Professor
William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Faculty Research
PhD, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Areas of Focus:

  • Microfinance
  • Asset-based social programs
  • Disadvantaged children
  • Social and economic development policy
  • Children and adolescent health
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Fred Ssewamala

Fred Ssewamala leads innovative, interdisciplinary research that informs, develops and tests economic empowerment and social protection interventions aimed at improving life chances and long-term developmental impacts for children and adolescent youth impacted by poverty and health disparities in low resource communities. He holds a joint appointment in the Washington University School of Medicine, and directs the International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD) and SMART Africa Center.

Currently, Ssewamala is conducting six large-scale, NIH-funded longitudinal randomized control trials across sub-Saharan Africa: Kyaterekera Project, M-Suubi, Suubi+Adherence-R2, Suubi4Her, SMART Africa, and Suubi4Stigma. Another project, Suubi4Cancer, explores care for children living with HIV with suspected cancers. In addition, he is a co-principal investigator on several NIH-funded training programs including the R25 RRT, T37 LEAD, and D43 CHILD-GRF that focus on training early-career researchers committed to careers in child behavioral health.

Ssewamala has over 120 peer-reviewed articles in journals including the Lancet, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, PLOS ONE, Prevention Science, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent Health and co-edits the Global Social Welfare journal. He is a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, American Public Health Association, and the Siteman Cancer Center, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

In The News:

NIMH Awards $2.4 Million for HIV/AIDS Research with Orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa

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ICHAD Receives $5 Million NIH Grant for Global Health Research

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