Lindsay Stark is an internationally recognized expert on the protection and well-being of women and children in situations of extreme adversity. She has more than a decade of experience leading applied research with operational agencies that include UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, the International Refugee Committee and Women’s Refugee Commission.
Stark’s particular area of expertise is measuring sensitive social phenomenon and evaluating related interventions that seek to reduce violence, abuse and exploitation of women and children. She has conducted research in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
Stark is leading a mixed methods study (The Study of Adolescent Lives after Migration to America, or SALaMA) to assess the mental health and psychosocial well-being of adolescents resettled to the U.S. from Arab-majority countries. SALaMA also aims to identify sources of daily stress and identify sources of resilience in order to strengthen supports for this population.
Additionally, she is leading a series of analyses of the Centers for Disease Control’s national Violence Against Children studies to support an upcoming Lancet Series on the relationship between gender norms and health.
Among other current projects, Stark is supporting the development of an inter-agency measure to evaluate self-reliance of refugee households as they emerge from dependency on international humanitarian aid.