Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Research Topic: Pubertal development trajectories, adolescent risk behaviors, and young adult schooling and employment: Findings from the Birth to Twenty Cohort in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa
Ms. Kowalski will spend her fellowship year at the Wits Developmental Pathways to Health Research Unit in Johannesburg under the mentorship of Linda Richter, PhD and Shane Norris, PhD. Her research will focus on pubertal development trajectories, adolescent risk behaviors, and young adult schooling and employment: findings from the birth to twenty cohort in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ms. Kowalski is a 4th year PhD student in the Nutrition and Health Sciences program at Emory University where her dissertation work is focused on the long-term consequences of pubertal timing and tempo in urban South Africa. Prior to starting her PhD, she earned her MPH in global health from Emory University and worked with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center.
Following her PhD, Ms. Kowalski hopes to postdoc at an academic or governmental institution and continue investigating sensitive windows across the life course in which nutrition influences long-term health and wellbeing in the changing contexts of low- and middle-income countries.