Gabriela Buccini, PhD, MSc, IBCLC

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Gabriela Buccini, PhD, MSc, IBCLC

Assistant Professor

Department(s)
Public Health
Office
GTW 321
Mail Code
3063
Phone
702-895-4674

Biography

Gabriela Buccini, Ph.D., MSc, IBCLC, is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Health. Trained in Epidemiology, Public Health Maternal Child Nutrition, and Implementation Science. She applies mixed-methods research guided through the lens of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), Socioecological Model, and the Nurturing Care framework to investigate maternal and child health and nutrition, including breastfeeding & infant feeding, food insecurity, and early childhood development inequities.

Dr. Buccini’s work focuses:

  • Understanding the implementation structures and processes for sustainability and dissemination of large-scale early childhood development, infant feeding, and nutrition programs
  • Developing new interventions and approaches to promote health equity in maternal and child health and nutrition with a particular interest in how to strengthen nurturing care through the integration and optimization of existing health, nutrition, and education systems
  • Developing data sciences approaches to measure complex behavior such as responsive parenting and nurturing care for early childhood development and family vulnerabilities, including household food insecurity
  • Promoting capacity development and training methodologies for health providers for effective delivery of interventions in child health and nutrition such as tongue-tie, infant feeding, responsive feeding, and early childhood development.

She has experience in evaluating infant feeding and early childhood interventions in low-income settings from a global perspective. One of Dr. Buccini’s most significant contributions to science is a comprehensive set of mix-methods studies about Pacifier use in Exclusive Breastfeeding Infants. She is also the PI of an NIH-funded implementation science evaluation of the scaling up of the ‘Criança Feliz’ Early Childhood Development program in Brazil, the largest early childhood development program worldwide. This is one of the few studies to take a systems approach to develop and test an optimization cost-effectiveness tool to maximize early childhood development outcomes by integrating existing health, nutrition, and education systems. Dr. Buccini has written extensively about breastfeeding, infant feeding, food insecurity, and early childhood interventions in low-income settings, including recent articles in Annals of the New York Academy of Science, Maternal and Child Nutrition, and Public Health Nutrition.

Dr. Buccini's academic training is focused on epidemiology, mixed-methods, and implementation science methods. Her research experience spans the fields of maternal-child health and nutrition focusing on vulnerable populations in low-income settings. She has an on-going NIH/NICHD grant to understand the pathways for scaling up evidence-based early childhood and nutrition programs.

Dr. Buccini is currently recruiting graduate Masters and Ph.D. students. Please send your CV and interests by email: gabriela.buccini@unlv.edu

Education

  • Postdoctoral training in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health (2017/20)
  • Ph.D. in Sciences, Nutrition in Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2017)
  • Master’s in Sciences, Nutrition in Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2012)

Research interests: breastfeeding, infant feeding, food insecurity, maternal and child health and nutrition, early childhood development, early disparities, implementation science, mixed methods, systematic review, and meta-analysis.