Dr Yassaman Vafai

Email: yassaman.vafai@york.ac.uk

Yassaman is a Research Fellow, working within the Healthy Livelihoods theme of the ActEarly project. She is involved in two projects, one investigating plans for universal basic income in Bradford and the other examining the impact of Tower Hamlets Emergency food hubs program in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She is based at the Bradford Institute for Health Research.

Prior to Joining the ActEarly team in September 2020, Yassaman worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Bethesda, Maryland, USA)  where she examined the racial differences in medication use during pregnancy and the effect of medications on fetal growth and placental DNA methylation. She completed her PhD in maternal and child health epidemiology at the University of Maryland in 2018 where she examined the effect of depression on women’s contraceptive behaviours and teenage pregnancy. Her research interest is on understanding racial and economic disparities in reproductive health, and maternal and family health and wellbeing.