Valerie Flax



Research Assistant Professor 

Curriculum Vitae



1989  Wesleyan University  BA, Anthropology

1996  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  MPH, Health Behavior & Health Education

2010  University of Tampere, Finland  PhD, Epidemiology

Research activities

Dr. Flax’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of interventions intended to improve the health and nutritional status of mothers and children in low-income countries. She is trained in cultural anthropology and epidemiology and uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in her work. Dr. Flax leads a study in Nigeria evaluating a breastfeeding promotion program that links microcredit, health education, and cell phone messaging. She collaborates with other nutrition faculty to examine the effects of antiretroviral drugs and nutritional supplementation on the health and nutritional status of HIV-infected mothers and their HIV-exposed infants in Malawi. Dr. Flax also works with MEASURE Evaluation to evaluate the use of a quality improvement approach to roll out new international guidelines on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in four African countries. She is currently a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the International AIDS Society.


NUTR 809  Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child development
  • Global health
  • Health behavior
  • Maternal health