Rafael Perez-Escamilla
Rafael Perez-Escamilla
Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health; Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration, Yale School of Public Health
Elected to the Academy in 2020


Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), 1983, BS, Chemical Engineering; University of California at Davis, 1985, MS, Food Science, and 1991, PhD, Nutrition

Professional Area

Maternal-child global nutrition program design & evaluation at scale; breastfeeding determinants and interventions at scale; pregnancy weight gain determinants; Household food security measurement and outcomes; community health worker-led Type 2 Diabetes self-management among Latinos; food assistance programs & child nutrition outcomes; evidence-based dietary guidelines.


For being a world authority on community-based maternal, infant, and young child feeding programs and assessment of food security, and international recognition for his research on breastfeeding peer counseling programs.