Lindsay Stark

Lindsay Stark is a social epidemiologist and internationally recognized expert on the protection and well-being of women and children in situations of extreme adversity, with more than two decades of experience leading applied research with operational agencies such as UNICEF, UNHCR, International Rescue Committee and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Stark measures sensitive social phenomena and evaluates related interventions to reduce violence, abuse and exploitation of women and children.

Stark co-directs the Center on Violence and Injury Prevention; holds affiliate appointments with the Institute for Public Health; serves on the editorial boards of PLOS One, BMC Public Health, and Conflict and Health; and has published more than 100 chapters and peer-review articles. Before joining the Brown School, Stark was an associate professor at Columbia University, where she served as director of research for the Program on Forced Migration and Health and director of the CPC Learning Network.

Currently, projects include:
The Study of Adolescent Lives after Migration to America (SALaMA) to identify sources of daily stress and resilience and assess the psychosocial well-being of adolescents resettled from Arab-majority countries.
– The Obuvumu study, funded by NIMH, to increase health service utilization for survivors of sexual violence in Uganda.
-A UNICEF initiative that seeks to improve women’s and girls’ safety and wellbeing in humanitarian contexts.
-Journey of Life, an evaluation of the effectiveness and implementation of a psychosocial support intervention for conflict-affected refugee caregivers and children in Uganda.

Lindsay Stark

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean for Global Strategy and Programs
  • DrPH, Columbia University
  • Office Phone: 314-935-2219
  • Email:

Areas of Focus:

  • Violence prevention
  • Gender norms
  • Global child protection
  • Psychosocial well-being
  • Refugees and displaced populations