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Marni Sommer

Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
School: 
Public Health
Department: 
Sociomedical Sciences, Department of
Office: 
722 W. 168th Street, Room 537 New York, NY 10032 USA
Email: 
ms2778@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-305-1826
Biography

Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Dr. Sommer's particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual health, and the implementation and evaluation of adolescent-focused interventions. Her doctoral research explored girls' experiences of menstruation, puberty and schooling in Tanzania, and the ways in which the onset of puberty might be disrupting girls' academic performance and healthy transition to adulthood. Dr. Sommer's current research focuses on the intersections of gender, health and education for girls and boys transitioning into adulthood in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Research & Other Works
Article
Understanding the menstrual hygiene management challenges facing displaced girls and women: findings from qualitative assessments in Myanmar and Lebanon
Article
Early menarche: A systematic review of its effect on sexual and reproductive health in low- and middle-income countries
Article
Disclosure bias for group versus individual reporting of violence amongst conflict-affected adolescent girls in DRC and Ethiopia
Article
Creating opportunities through mentorship, parental involvement, and safe spaces (COMPASS) program: multi-country study protocol to protect girls from violence in humanitarian settings
Article
Managing menstruation in the workplace: an overlooked issue in low- and middle-income countries
Article
A Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools
Article
Putting menarche and girls into the global population health agenda
 
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