Lorraine Cordeiro

Lorraine Cordeiro
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Families
210B Chenoweth


B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.P.H., Tulane University; Ph.D., Tufts University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), Wellesley Centers for Women

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Food Security, Adolescent Health and Nutrition, Undernutrition, Refugees/Immigrants

Research Description: 

Dr. Cordeiro  is a community-engaged scholar that studies the associations between food security, high risk health behaviors, and hunger among adolescents and women in multiple social and cultural contexts. She validates food security assessment tools within vulnerable populations, with emphasis on refugee and immigrant communities. Dr. Cordeiro has worked extensively on behalf of women and children in underserved populations – from Lowell, Massachusetts to Tanzania, Bangladesh and Cambodia. Her emerging research will leverage adolescence as an integral component of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Life Course Model. The MCH discourse currently focuses on pre- and post-natal care, fetal development, infancy and early childhood, with limited attention on adolescence as a critical life stage. Dr. Cordeiro is the recipient of several distinguished awards and fellowships including the Tufts University Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award, Center for Research on Families Faculty Scholar, and the UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning Faculty Fellow. She is currently a 2016 Community Research Innovative Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Key Publications: 

Cordeiro LS, Wilde PE, Semu H, and Levinson FJ. Household food security is inversely associated with undernutrition among adolescents from Kilosa, Tanzania. Journal of Nutrition. 2012. 142(9):1741-1747.

Cordeiro LS. Household dietary diversity, wild edible plants, and diarrhea among rural households in Tanzania. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants. 2012. 1(3):98-105.

Cordeiro LS, Lamstein S, Mahmud Z, and Levinson FJ. Adolescent malnutrition in developing countries: a close look at the problem and at two national experiences. United Nations. SCN News. Late 2005-Early 2006. 31:6-13.