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Jeanette Valentine, Ph.D.
Director
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative

jv431@ifh.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-5887


Jeanette Valentine is directing the Greater New Brunswick Community Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary group of scholars and health practitioners from schools and programs in the biomedical, health, behavioral, social and policy sciences at Rutgers that is dedicated to improving health and health care in New Brunswick and surrounding areas. The Collaborative supports local community health and health systems improvement efforts, and cultivates community-engaged scholarship that advances community well-being and health equity. Dr. Valentine is a developmental psychologist whose teaching, research and personal interests have focused on improving policies and programs that serve vulnerable children, families, and communities. Her areas of research have focused on maternal, child and adolescent health, and on early childhood systems of care for vulnerable children and families, including children with special needs and disabilities. She recently completed studies of the impact of intimate partner violence and other forms of trauma on maternal mental health and child well-being among urban Latinas. In addition to her research activities, she has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, medicine, and public health, and has practical experience in both the public and private non-profit sectors. She is a key advisor to community-based organizations serving young children and families from low income households and diverse urban communities. She recently served on the Expert Panel on Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression of the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration’s Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, and contributed to the agency’s toolkit – A Comprehensive Approach for Community-based Programs to Address Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression. As Director of the Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative, she is advancing strategies to increase community-engaged collaborative research and translation of evidence into best practices in child, family and community health and well-being.



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