Sera Lewise Young

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Research Interests

Focus is on reduction of maternal and child-undernutrition in the first 1000 days, especially in low-resource settings. Methodologically, draws on her training in medical anthropology, international nutrition, and HIV to take a biocultural approach to understanding how mothers in low-resource settings cope to preserve their health and that of their families. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Cornell University

… → 2008

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HIV Medicine & Life Sciences
Pica Medicine & Life Sciences
Food Supply Medicine & Life Sciences
Tanzania Medicine & Life Sciences
Breast Feeding Medicine & Life Sciences
Kenya Medicine & Life Sciences
Pregnant Women Medicine & Life Sciences
Mothers Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2016 2023

Research Output 2005 2019

Adaptation and psychometric evaluation of the breastfeeding self-efficacy scale to assess exclusive breastfeeding

Boateng, G. O., Martin, S. L., Tuthill, E. L., Collins, S. M., Dennis, C. L., Natamba, B. K. & Young, S. L., Feb 18 2019, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 19, 1, 73.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Efficacy
Breast Feeding
Postpartum Period
2 Citations (Scopus)

Development and validation protocol for an instrument to measure household water insecurity across cultures and ecologies: The Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Scale

Young, S. L., Collins, S. M., Boateng, G. O., Neilands, T. B., Jamaluddine, Z., Miller, J. D., Brewis, A. A., Frongillo, E. A., Jepson, W. E., Melgar-Quiñonez, H., Schuster, R. C., Stoler, J. B. & Wutich, A., Jan 1 2019, In : BMJ open. 9, 1, e023558.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Supply
Reproducibility of Results

Farming for change: developing a participatory curriculum on agroecology, nutrition, climate change and social equity in Malawi and Tanzania

Bezner Kerr, R., Young, S. L., Young, C., Santoso, M. V., Magalasi, M., Entz, M., Lupafya, E., Dakishoni, L., Morrone, V., Wolfe, D. & Snapp, S. S., Jan 1 2019, In : Agriculture and Human Values.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Geophagy among nonhuman primates: A systematic review of current knowledge and suggestions for future directions

Pebsworth, P. A., Huffman, M. A., Lambert, J. E. & Young, S. L., Jan 1 2019, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 168, p. 164-194 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


HIV infection and increased food insecurity are associated with adverse body composition changes among pregnant and lactating Kenyan women

Widen, E. M., Tsai, I., Collins, S. M., Wekesa, P., China, J., Krumdieck, N., Miller, J. D., Weiser, S. D., Onono, M. & Young, S. L., Mar 1 2019, In : European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 73, 3, p. 474-482 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Supply
Body Composition
HIV Infections