Fathima Wakeel, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
faw319@lehigh.edu
(610) 758-2625
Office: STEPS 366

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Dr. Fathima Wakeel is an associate professor and director of graduate programs at Lehigh University’s College of Health. She has had twenty years of academic and research training in the Maternal and Child Health field. The goal of Dr. Wakeel’s 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 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. 

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. In addition to her research expertise, Dr. Wakeel has over five years of experience in 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. 

Education

  • PhD in Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the University of South Florida
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (emphasis on Chemistry) at the University of South Florida

Areas of Research and Publications

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.

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Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Advising and Mentoring Award, April 2017
  • Teacher of the Year Award, April 2016

Courses

  • Introduction to Population Health (POPH 001)
  • Population Health Research Methods and Applications (POPH 002)
  • Introduction to Maternal and Child Health (POPH 105)
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology (POPH 306)