Lindsay Stark

Associate Professor, Brown School

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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.

In the media


Conflict-related sexual violence needs urgent action

Conflict-related sexual violence needs urgent action

Russia’s war in Ukraine has displaced millions of people, most of them women and children. This mounting crisis suggests that conflict-related sexual violence, which has been reported in Ukraine, requires urgent action, say Washington University in St. Louis experts on refugees and displaced populations.
The impact of gender norms on health

The impact of gender norms on health

The standards and expectations to which men and woman generally conform impact health across life stages, health sectors and world regions, finds a new Brown School study. It’s part of a series of research being done that aims to promote gender-equitable policies and programs.
Refugee girls gain from effort to teach life skills, study finds

Refugee girls gain from effort to teach life skills, study finds

A yearlong program for adolescent girl refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa successfully promoted healthy transitions to adulthood within the evaluation period, according to the results of randomized controlled trials in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The study was led by Lindsay Stark, associate professor at the Brown School.