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Kara Hunersen, MPH

  • Research Associate

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Global Early Adolescent Study

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MPH, Columbia University, 2018
BS, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014


Kara Hunersen is currently the Assistant Study Director for the Global Early Adolescence Study. She has worked in both domestic and international settings focusing on sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, women’s empowerment, gender based violence, and adolescent health. Prior to joining the GEAS team, Kara led a study on child marriage in the Middle East and North Africa partnered with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Women’s Refugee Commission, and UNFPA. Her international experience includes working with multi-national and community based organizations in Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, South Africa, and Ethiopia. She holds a BS in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPH in Population and Family Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Adolescent health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Humanitarian settings
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-saharan Africa

Most recent publications

  • Hunersen, K., Ramaiya, A., Yu, C., Green, J., Pinandari, A.W., Blum, R. (2020) Considerations for remote data collection among adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Hunersen, K., Attal, B., Jeffrey, A., Metzler, J., Alkibsi, T., Elnakib, S., Robinson, W.C. (2020) Child Marriage in Yemen: A mixed methods approach of assessment in an ongoing conflict. Journal of Refugee Studies.
  • Ben Hamida, A., Hunersen, K., Barkat, H.H., Aden, Y.D., Doualeh, R.H., Elmi, N., Metzler, J., Robinson, W.C. (2020) Prevalence of child marriage among Yemeni and Somali refugee and host communities in Djibouti, 2019. Journal of Refugee Studies.