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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Kamila Mistry, PhD ’10, MPH ’99

Graduation Year: 2010 and 1999
Focus in Program: Child and Adolescent Health and Development
Current Position: AHRQ Senior Advisor, Children's Health and Quality Improvement 

What was your favorite academic experience?

Working on a paper with a group of PFRH faculty where we developed a new framework for child health promotion. It was a long (almost two years) process but I learned so much along the way. Writing a conceptual paper was a different experience but very gratifying as it helped me to incorporate/synthesize many of my academic experiences and learning. 

What was the topic of your thesis?

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Early Social Emotional Development.

How has your doctoral degree contributed to your current line of work?

My doctoral degree has been important in preparing me for a career in applied research – currently my work is a project focused on developing new and innovative measures for child health quality. We work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Pediatric Quality Centers of Excellence in prioritizing and developing measures so my methodological coursework in (particularly psychometrics/program evaluation and health services research) and content courses in child health and development have helped me to be able to contribute. I also work at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and so I have been able to continue developing research that I began during my post-doc fellowship. Again, the focus on methods and also life course theory has been invaluable as it has allowed me to conceptualize, design and implement studies in the area of maternal and child health and health care disparities. Both qualitative methods AND quantitative course work have been key.