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Narangerel Gombojav, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4646
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center (DRC)

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PhD, University of the West of England, 2008
MSc, Medical University of Mongolia, 1998
MD, Medical University of Mongolia, 1990


Dr Gombojav's research goal is to improve maternal, child and adolescent health outcomes by advancing maternal and child health (MCH) data through data-driven online tools, peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Her recent research focuses on the multidisciplinary, multi-sector support and call to action to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and proactively promote positive relational well-being for children, families and communities as well as the importance to translating this into public health and health systems policy and practice.

Prior to obtaining her PhD from the University of the West of England, she worked as a pediatrician and lecturer at the National Medical University in Mongolia. Dr. Gombojav has had the pleasure of working on many children’s health clinical and research projects implemented by the Ministry of Health of Mongolia, WHO, UNICEF and other local and international organizations.

In her current position at the CAHMI, Dr. Gombojav assists principal investigators and other researchers with a wide range of population-based child health and health services research, including assisting with data production and analysis for the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) through the Data Resource Center (DRC). For the DRC program, Dr. Gombojav engages in data management, including complex variable construction and data analysis in SPSS and SAS, where she plays a key role to develop survey documents, indicator datasets, codebooks and other materials for the NSCH. She also assists in writing research manuscripts and providing technical assistance to users of CAHMI IT tools and websites, as well as research partners. Dr. Gombojav has played a critical role in the development and implementation of the Well-Visit Planner (WVP) and Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS) tools which creates the Cycle of Parent Engagement (COE) model. She also mentors student interns and junior staff.

  • Child health
  • Adolescent health
  • National survey
  • Survey data analysis
  • Child health data
  • Maternal and child health measure
  • Family health
  • Family engagement
  • Childhood trauma and resilience

Selected publications with highest impact factors

  • Bethell CD, Jones J, Gombojav N, Linkenbach J, Sege R. Positive childhood experiences and adult mental and relational health in a statewide sample: Associations across adverse childhood experiences level. JAMA Pediatrics. 2019 Sep 9: e193007.
  • Bethell CD, Gombojav N, Whitaker RC. Family resilience and connection promote flourishing among US children, even amid adversity. Health Affairs. 2019 May, 38(5): 729-37
  • Bethell C, Carle A, Hudziak J, Gombojav N, Powers K, Wade R, Braveman P. Methods to assess adverse childhood experiences of children and families: Towards approaches to promote child well-being in policy and practice, Academic Pediatrics. 2017, 17(7S):S51-S69
  • Bethell C, Gombojav N, Solloway M, Wissow L. Adverse childhood experiences, resilience and mindfulness-based approaches: Common denominator issues for children with emotional, mental, or behavioral problems. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2016, 25(2):139-56
  • Bethell C, Simpson L, Stumbo S, Carle A, Gombojav N. National, state and local disparities in childhood obesity. Health Affairs, (Millwood). 2010, 29(3): 347-356
  • National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center (DRC)