Fatima Zahra

Office Address: 

329 McNeil

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland, 2019
M.S., Communication Management, University of Southern California, 2013
B.A., Business Administration, National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan, 2010

I am a demographer and sociologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center, as part of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH). My research focuses on adolescent transitions to adulthood in Malawi. I mainly use longitudinal data to examine pathways linked to education, marriage, and mental health outcomes, including aspirations, labor and time use, access to nutrition programs, and the antecedents of adverse childhood experiences. In addition, I am working on data collection preparations for the upcoming MLSFH adolescent survey.

Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, I completed a Master's with a specialization in behavior change communication, and worked on a child immunization project in Pakistan. With a strong focus on health and education, my work is driven by an avid interest in helping to facilitate healthy transitions to adulthood in developing countries.