Associate Professor, Department of Community and Population Health
Office: HST 234
Dr. Fathima Wakeel is an associate professor with over 20 years of academic and research training in the maternal and child health field. Her research agenda is to produce knowledge that will help reduce racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in adverse maternal and child health outcomes. Though previous work largely focused on identifying the differential prenatal risks (e.g. maternal stress) underlying these disparities, her research concerns the differential development of protective factors - i.e. personal capital - over the life course.
Dr. Wakeel is one of the first researchers to conceptualize and operationalize the construct of personal capital and examine its relationships with stress and adverse obstetric outcomes. She aims to contribute to the College of Health’s research landscape by conducting quantitative, mixed-methods, and community-based participatory research to explore the measurement of personal capital, specifically among different racial/ethnic groups of women, and how it develops over the life course. Her other research projects focus on the physical and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic within the community and nationally as well as ways in which we can better prepare healthcare providers to address the salient needs of individuals with autism as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Wakeel has over nine years experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, curriculum and program development, and interdisciplinary community coalition development.
Dr. Wakeel received her PhD in Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at the University of South Florida. Her postdoctoral training includes the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality Health Services Research and Healthcare Quality Improvement Program Fellowship and the Health Disparities Research Scholars Program Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Maternal and Child Health, Women’s Mental Health
The goal of Dr. Wakeel’s research is to help reduce racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in adverse maternal and child health outcomes. Though previous work has largely focused on identifying the differential prenatal risks (e.g. maternal stress) underlying these disparities, her research concerns the differential development of protective factors—i.e., personal capital--over the life course among women from different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.