Slawa is an Instructor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She also has an affiliation as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University, with a concentration in Evaluative Sciences and Statistics. She applies a mixed-methods approach to research questions in the areas of adolescent health, reproductive health, and maternal and child health. Her focus is on the development and evaluation of programs and policies to improve women's health throughout the lifecourse.

Current research projects:

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of reliable solar energy on quality of maternal care in Uganda (with Jessica Cohen)

Working papers:

  • Cost-effectiveness of a mobile Health-supported lifestyle intervention for preventing gestational diabetes mellitus (with Fionnuala McAuliffe and Elizabeth O’Sullivan, under review)
  • Do maternity providers do what they know?: Know-do gaps in the quality of maternal and newborn care in rural Uganda (with Jessica Cohen)
  • The influence of early life factors on BMI trajectories in childhood: Evidence from two cohort studies
  • The Great Recession, Household Income, and Children's Test Scores (with Mark McGovern, under review)
  • The long run returns to being breastfed: effects on economic and cognitive outcomes (with Mark McGovern)
  • Impact of Ethiopia's minimum age of marriage law on reproductive health: Analysis using synthetic control