Rafael Perez-Escamilla PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration

Departments & Organizations

Social & Behavioral HealthWomen & Child Health

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Social & Behavioral Sciences | Global Health Concentration | CT-RI Public Health Training Center

Research Interests

Breastfeeding; Household food security measurement and outcomes; Maternal HIV and child development; Community health workers; Type 2 diabetes; Community nutrition program design and evaluation; Maternal-child public health nutrition; Health disparities more...


  • B.S., Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, 1982
  • M.S., University of California at Davis, 1985
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1991

Selected Publications

  • Pérez-Escamilla R, Curry L, Minhas D, Taylor L, Bradley E. Scaling up of breastfeeding promotion programs in low- and middle-income countries: the "breastfeeding gear" model. Adv Nutr. 2012 Nov 1;3(6):790-800. doi: 10.3945/an.112.002873. Review. PubMed PMID: 23153733; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3648703.
  • Chapman DJ, Morel K, Bermúdez-Millán A, Young S, Damio G, Pérez-Escamilla R. Breastfeeding education and support trial for overweight and obese women: a randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):e162-70. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0688. Epub 2012 Dec 3. PubMed PMID: 23209111; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3529944.
  • Pérez-Escamilla R. Can experience-based household food security scales help improve food security governance? Glob Food Sec. 2012 Dec 1;1(2):120-125. PubMed PMID: 23795344; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3685197.



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