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Cecília Tomori, PhD

Associate Professor
Director of Global Public Health and Community Health
Cecília Tomori
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Community / Public Health
  • Disparities
  • Education
  • Equity
  • Family
  • Global Health
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Policy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Lactation
  • Maternal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health
  • Sleep
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty
  • Statistics/Qualitative Research
  • Women's Health

Overview

Cecília Tomori is an anthropologist and public health scholar whose work investigates the structural and sociocultural drivers that shape health, illness, and health inequities. Dr. Tomori is an internationally recognized expert on breastfeeding, infant sleep, and maternal child health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has supported numerous organizations focused on maternal child health and advocated for integrated and equitable pandemic policies. Recently, she has also been pursuing how science and health policy are influenced by financial and political interests. Dr. Tomori has collaborated with colleagues at Johns Hopkins and beyond on breastfeeding, infant sleep, infectious disease prevention, drug use and health policy, among other topics. She has authored three books on breastfeeding and reproduction and numerous publications on a range of public health issues.

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  • Publications/Research

    Tomori C, Hernández-Cordero S, Busath N, Menon P, Pérez-Escamilla R. (2022) What works to protect, promote and support breastfeeding on a large scale: a review of reviews. Maternal Child Nutrition. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13344

    Tomori C, Evans DP, Ahmed A, Nair A, Meier BM. (2022) Where is the “Public” in American Public Health? Moving from individual responsibility to collective action. EClinicalMedicine. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101341

    Tomori C. (2022) Overcoming barriers to breastfeeding. Best Practice & Research in Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2022.01.010

    Tomori, C. (2021). Scientists: don’t feed the doubt machine. Nature, 599(7883), 9-9. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-02993-7

    Han, SS and Tomori C. (eds). (2021). Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. New York, London: Routledge.

    Tomori C, Ahmed A, Evans DP, Meier BM, Nair A. (2021) Your health is in your hands? US CDC COVID-19 mask guidance reveals the moral foundations of public health. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Aug 1;38. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.101071

  • Awards/Honors

    2018   Exceptional Contribution Award, Durham University, Durham, UK

    2012   Named Anthroworks Best 40 Cultural Anthropology Dissertations of 2011, blog of the Culture in Global Affairs research and policy program of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

    2009-2011   Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Training Fellowship in Anthropological Demography, Awarded by the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, and the Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

    2009-2010   Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan

    2009   Horace H. Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, University of Michigan

    2008   Phi Kappa Phi, University of Michigan

    2007   Roy Rappaport Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Instruction, University of Michigan, Fall

    2006-2007   Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life, An Alfred P. Sloan Center for the Study of Working Families, University of Michigan

    2005-2006   Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Training Fellowship in Anthropological Demography, Awarded by the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, and the Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

    2005   Horace H. Rackham Humanities Fellowship, University of Michigan

    2003-2004   Horace H. Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of Michigan, University of Michigan

    2003   Fieldwork Research Grant, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

    2003   Roy Rappaport Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Instruction, University of Michigan, Fall

    2003   Roy Rappaport Teaching Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Instruction, University of Michigan, Winter

    2002-2003   Horace H. Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of Michigan, University of Michigan

    2001-2002   Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life, An Alfred P. Sloan Center for the Study of Working Families, University of Michigan

    1997   Phi Beta Kappa, Swarthmore College

    1996   Joel Dean Grant for Research in the Social Sciences, Swarthmore College