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Cecília Tomori, PhD

Research Associate
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
  • Lactation
  • Maternal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health
  • Sleep
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty
  • Statistics/Qualitative Research
  • Women's Health


Cecilia Tomori is an anthropologist and public health scholar whose research addresses health inequities through teaching, research, and active engagement in global and community health. Her research combines anthropological and public health approaches to investigate and address the structural and sociocultural drivers that shape health inequities in 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 who face numerous health challenges due to stigmatization and discrimination. Dr. Tomori has a demonstrated track record of successful collaborations with colleagues at Johns Hopkins and beyond on breastfeeding, infant sleep, and HIV prevention. She has authored two books that explore social and biocultural aspects of breastfeeding and numerous publications on a range of public health issues in journals including Social Science and Medicine, AIDS and Behavior, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and BMC Public Health.

Additional Resources

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

  • Publications/Research

    Gross MS, Taylor HA, Tomori C, Coleman JS. (2019). Breastfeeding with HIV: An Evidence-Based Case for New Policy. (1, vol. 47, pp. 152-160). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. doi: 10.1177/1073110519840495.

    Tuthill EL, Tomori C, Van Natta M, Coleman JS. (2019). “In the United States, we say, ‘No breastfeeding,’ but that is no longer realistic”: provider perspectives towards infant feeding among women living with HIV in the United States. (1, vol. 22). Journal of the International AIDS Society. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25224.

    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.

    Bartick M, Tomori C. (2019). Sudden infant death and social justice: A syndemics approach. (1, vol. 15). Maternal and Child Nutrition. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12652.

    Tomori C, Boyer K. (2019). Domestic Geographies of Parental and Infant (Co-) Becomings: Home-Space, Nighttime Breastfeeding, and Parent–Infant Sleep. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. doi: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1558628.