Slawa Rokicki, PhD, is an instructor of health systems and policy in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on improving reproductive, maternal, and child health both locally and in low-income countries. She applies experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed methods to evaluate the impact of programs and policies on the health of women and children. Much of her current research focuses on maternal mental health, in particular, understanding the bi-directional role of social determinants in maternal depression. She conducted a community-engaged study to examine experiences of perinatal depression among new mothers in New Jersey and to investigate racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to mental health care and support services.
Rokicki also works in Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya, where she focuses on improving quality of maternal care in the prenatal, delivery, and postpartum periods. She is also very interested in adolescent health and has explored mobile health and empowerment approaches to reducing rates of child marriage and teenage pregnancy.
Rokicki teaches “Health Systems and Policy,” a master’s-level course at the School of Public Health.
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