- abuse & neglect, children & adolescents, community health, community-engaged research & practice, global health, interpersonal violence & assault, mental & behavioral health, refugees & immigrants, trauma & injury prevention
Dr. Stark’s primary focus is the intersection of global health, gender and child and family welfare. Her work seeks to build the evidence base for effective policies and programs to protect women, children, and families in humanitarian and development contexts. She emphasizes the need to develop rigorous yet culturally sensitive measurement approaches in areas where there remains a dearth of knowledge. Her work has documented gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, child separation and institutionalization, and the psychosocial wellbeing of child soldiers and other conflict-affected populations. The methodological approaches developed through her work have been incorporated into global tools and best practice approaches for UNICEF, the World Health Organization and others.