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Ruthfirst Ayande

PhD, MSc, RD
Postdoctoral Associate

Contact Information

Ruthfirst Ayande, PhD, MSc, RD

Mailing Address

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

    Yale School of Medicine Dept of Pediatrics, 333 Cedar St.

    New Haven, CT 06520-8064

    United States


Ruthfirst holds a PhD (Public Health) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she also completed a graduate certificate in feminist studies. She also gained an MSc in Dietetics and a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science (combined major) from the University of Ghana, and a Certificate in Nutritional Epidemiology from the German Institute of Human Nutrition (Dife). Ruthfirst conducts interdisciplinary research in maternal and child health. Her research focuses on nutrition interventions to help improve maternal health and health literacy, neonatal outcomes, infant and young child feeding practices, as well as examining structural, economic and sociocultural determinants of health. She is a Registered Dietitian with expertise in both community nutrition and nutrition support therapy in the acute care setting. She continues to work clinically in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2023), Public Health
  • MSc
    University of Ghana (2015), Dietetics
  • BSc
    University of Ghana (2010), Nutrition and Food Science

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