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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 addresses health inequities through teaching, research, and active engagement in global and community health. Her research investigates the structural and sociocultural drivers that shape patterns of health and illness, with a focus on maternal and child health as well as sexual and reproductive health. This work centers on deep engagement with the lived experiences of local and global communities. Dr. Tomori has collaborated with colleagues at Johns Hopkins and beyond on breastfeeding, infant sleep, and infectious disease prevention. She has authored three books on breastfeeding and reproduction, and numerous publications on a range of public health issues in journals including Social Science and Medicine, Maternal Child Nutrition, AIDS and Behavior, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and BMC Public Health. Dr. Tomori holds a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

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

    Tomori C, Quinn EA, Palmquist AEL (in press 2021). Making space for lactation in the anthropology of reproduction In: Han, SS and Tomori C (eds). Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. New York, London: Routledge.

    Tomori C, Gribble K, Palmquist AEL, Ververs M-T, Gross M. (2020). When separation is not the answer: breastfeeding mothers and infants affected by COVID-19. (e13033). Maternal and Child Nutrition. doi: 10.1111/mcn.13033.

    Gribble, K., Marinelli, K. A., Tomori, C., & Gross, M. S. (2020). Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic response for breastfeeding, maternal caregiving capacity and infant mental health. Journal of Human Lactation, 0890334420949514. doi: 10.1177/0890334420949514

    Ball HL, Tomori C, McKenna JJ. (2019). Toward an integrated anthropology of infant sleep. (3, vol. 121, pp. 595-612). American Anthropologist. doi: 10.1111/aman.13284.

  • 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