Rana Mokhtar, PhD, MA, MPH is a Research Fellow on the BetterBirth team. Rana supports multiple projects within the BetterBirth program and is involved in study design, research tool development, data quality assurance, and quantitative analysis. Rana’s research interests are aimed at improving maternal, newborn and child health outcomes. She is particularly interested in how maternal and child nutrition interacts with infectious disease and impacts child growth and health outcomes. Rana is also interested in implementation and evaluation of programs aimed at improving the lives of mothers and their infants and the quality of care they receive.
Rana has over 15 years experience as a researcher and epidemiologist. Before joining Ariadne Labs, Rana was an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College and a research consultant at Abt Associates. Rana also worked on implementing and evaluating an intervention program to improve the quality of care that low income pregnant and parenting teenage mothers receive. Rana has conducted research on the impact of micronutrient deficiencies, particularly vitamin D, on infant growth and maternal outcomes in Latin America and has done extensive mixed methods nutrition research in the Middle East.
Rana received her doctoral training as a Nutritional Epidemiologist from Boston University School of Medicine. She received her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and International Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health and a Masters in Arts from Boston University’s School of Medicine. Rana also holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from McGill University.
The BetterBirth program published 6-month longitudinal data results from the LIFE Study on feeding and growth patterns among moderately low birthweight infants in resource-limited settings.