Dr Thalia Sparling
Thalia completed her PhD at the University of Heidelberg’s Institute of Public Health in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics unit under the supervision of Dr. Sabine Gabrysch. Her dissertation examined the association of food access, diet and nutrition with depression in women of reproductive age, particularly in Bangladesh. Thalia holds a Master in Public Health from Columbia University, focusing on forced migration and humanitarian assistance, and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in anthropology and Spanish.
Nutrition in Emergencies Module co-organizer
Distance Learning EPM Outbreak Exercise Tutor
Surveillance, disease control (Neglected Tropical Diseases, Guinea Worm)
Public Health in Humanitarian settings/emergencies
Agriculture, Nutrition and Health
Global Mental Health
Thalia is a postdoctoral fellow with the IMMANA programme, working on evidence synthesis of tools, metrics and methods used to study agriculture to nutrition pathways, as well as linkages between mental health and food and nutrition security. She also conducts implementation research within the Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) project, a clustered randomized field trial investigating a homestead food production program in rural Bangladesh.