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Audrey Dorélien, Ph.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Demography, Global Health, Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology

Area(s) of Expertise:
Demography, Infectious Disease, Maternal and Child Health


Audrey Dorélien received a B.A. with honors in Economics and Biology from Swarthmore College. She will receive her Ph.D. Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University in 2012. Audrey's dissertation,"Birth Seasonality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Its Determinants and Implications for Child Health", focuses on documenting human birth seasonality in sub-Saharan Africa, identifying the social and ecological drivers of birth seasonality, and analyzing the impact of birth seasonality on infectious disease dynamics and optimal timing of pulse vaccination campaigns. As a Health & Society fellow, Audrey plans to use her interdisciplinary background to examine the influence of population aging and its attendant immunosenescence on infectious disease transmission and incidence. As a result of declining birth rates, improvements in health care, and a slow down in mortality at older ages we are living in an increasingly aging world. Against this background, there have been many emerging diseases such as SARS, and the recent influenza pandemic; and resistant forms of diseases such as bacterial pneumonias and tuberculosis are on the rise. Consequently, the elderly population will represent the largest group of “immunocompromised” individuals; yet their influence on disease transmission is relatively neglected. Audrey also plans to continue studying drivers of infectious disease seasonality in humans.

Journal Articles:

Click here to view Audrey Dorélien's available publication in The International Institute for Environment and Development .

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