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Dr Thalia Sparling

MPH PhD

Research Fellow

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

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.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health

Teaching

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

Research

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. 

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Conflict
Maternal health
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Agriculture
Equity
Evaluation
Global Health
Natural disasters
Implementation research
Discipline
Anthropology
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Malnutrition
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Country
Bangladesh
India
South Sudan
Region
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Systematic evidence and gap map of research linking food security and nutrition to mental health.
Sparling TM; Deeney M; Cheng B; Han X; Lier C; Lin Z; Offner C; Santoso MV; Pfeiffer E; Emerson JA
2022
Nature communications
Maternal depression is associated with less dietary diversity among rural Nepali children.
Miller LC; Neupane S; Sparling TM; Shrestha M; Joshi N; Lohani M; Thorne-Lyman A
2021
Maternal & Child Nutrition
Systematic evidence and gap map of research linking food security and nutrition to mental health
Sparling T; Deeney M; Cheng B; Han X; Lier C; Lin Z; Offner C; Santoso M; Pfeiffer E; Emerson J
2021
Global Mental Health and Nutrition: Moving Toward a Convergent Research Agenda.
Sparling TM; Cheng B; Deeney M; Santoso MV; Pfeiffer E; Emerson JA; Amadi FM; Mitu K; Corvalan C; Verdeli H
2021
Frontiers in Public Health
Parental depression and nutrition: findings from a cross-sectional household survey in Nepal.
Adhikari RP; Williamson R; Sparling TM; Ferguson E; Cunningham K
2020
Public Health Nutrition
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