Kirk Dearden

Associate Professor, International Health

University of Alabama at Birmingham, DrPH, MPH

  • Office: Crosstown Building, CT384
  • Phone: 617-414-1282
  • Email: kdearden@bu.edu

Biography

Kirk Dearden, DrPH, MPH, has 20 years of experience evaluating community-based international health programs with a particular focus on nutrition. He is Associate Professor of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health where he teaches courses on the social and behavioral determinants of health behavior and on nutrition. For the past two decades, Dr. Dearden has worked for a variety of research institutes, including long-term residence in Bangladesh (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research) and Peru (The Nutrition Research Institute). He has also worked closely with various universities, NGOs, and cooperating agencies to help carry out evaluations that strengthen health systems and document effective behavior-change strategies to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and women. Dr. Dearden has assessed the impact of: adult literacy on health behaviors in Bolivia; village school programs on hygiene in Mali; microcredit on empowerment and health in Bangladesh (and elsewhere); health worker training to reduce neonatal and infant mortality in Indonesia and the West Bank/Gaza; mother-to-mother support groups on infant feeding practices in Guatemala; social marketing on knowledge and uptake of multivitamin and mineral supplements in Bolivia; positive deviance on health behaviors and outcomes, including nutritional status in Vietnam; and the use of religious leaders and grandmothers to promote breastfeeding in Cambodia, among others. Dr. Dearden has published widely. He has worked in 30 countries in the developing world and is fluent in Spanish. His current research interests include infant and young child feeding; stunting, catch-up growth, and cognition; and the impact of family structure and function on children’s well-being. He holds an MPH and DrPH in international health and epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BA in Third-World Development and Public Health from Boston University.

Projects

Publications

Postinfancy growth, schooling, and cognitive achievement: Young Lives

Benjamin T Crookston, Whitney Schott, Santiago Cueto, Kirk A Dearden, Patrice Engle, Andreas Georgiadis, Elizabeth A Lundeen, Mary E Penny, Aryeh D Stein, and Jere R Behrman

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013 Sep; 1-9.

Children Who Recover from Early Stunting and Children Who Are Not Stunted Demonstrate Similar Levels of Cognition

Crookston B.T., Penny M.E., Alder S.C., Dickerson T.T., Merrill R.M., Stanford J.B., Porucznik C.A., Dearden K.A.

. 2010 Nov;.

The Impact of Altitude and Diet on Anemia in School-Aged Children in Lago San Pablo, Ecuador

Smith J.L., Johnston N.P., Dearden K.A., Eggett D.L., Campbell A.K.

. 2010 Oct;.

Children Who Recover from Early Stunting and Children Who Are Not Stunted Demonstrate Similar Levels of Cognition

Crookston B.T., Penny M.E., Alder S.C., Dickerson T.T., Merrill R.M., Stanford J.B., Porucznik C.A., Dearden K.A.

J Nutr. 2010 Sep;.

Impact of Early and Concurrent Stunting on Cognition

Crookston B. T., Dearden K. A., Alder S. C., Porucznik C. A., Stanford J. B., Merrill R. M., Dickerson T. T., Penny M. E.

Maternal & Child Nutrition. 2010 Jul;.

Impact of Early and Concurrent Stunting on Cognition

Crookston BT, Dearden KA, Penny M, Cueto S, Alder SC, Porucznik CA, Stanford JB, Merrill RM

Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2010 Jul;.

Exploring the Relationship Between Chronic Undernutrition and Asymptomatic Malaria in Ghanaian Children

Crookston B. T., Alder S. C., Boakye I., Merrill R. M., Amuasi J. H., Porucznik C. A., Stanford J. B., Dickerson T. T., Dearden K. A., Hale D. C., Sylverken J., Snow B. S., Osei-Akoto A., Ansong D.

Malar J. 2010 Feb; 9:39.

Call for Global Health-Systems Impact Assessments

Swanson R. C., Mosley H., Sanders D., Egilman D., De Maeseneer J., Chowdhury M., Lanata C. F., Dearden K., Bryant M.

Lancet. 2009 Jul; 374(9688):433-5.

Caregiver Verbal Encouragement Increases Food Acceptance among Vietnamese Toddlers

Dearden K. A., Hilton S., Bentley M. E., Caulfield L. E., Wilde C., Ha P. B., Marsh D.

J Nutr. 2009 May; 139(7):1387-92.

Microfinance Against Malaria: Impact of Freedom from Hunger’s Malaria Education when Delivered by Rural Banks in Ghana

De La Cruz N., Crookston B., Gray B., Alder S., Dearden K.

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Apr; 103(12):1229-36.

When is Deliberate Killing of Young Children Justified? Indigenous Interpretations of Infanticide in Bolivia

de Hilari C., Condori I., Dearden K. A.

Soc Sci Med. 2008 Nov; 68(2):352-61.

Youth at Risk: Identifying Correlates of Violence in Bolivia

Shaeffer Z., Dearden K. A., de La Cruz N. G., Crookston B. T., Jensen J. D., Rees C., Quigley S.

Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2008 Mar; 19(4):473-83.

Teens in Trouble: Cigarette Use and Risky Behaviors among Private, High School Students in La Paz, Bolivia

Dearden K. A., Crookston B. T., De La Cruz N. G., Lindsay G. B., Bowden A., Carlston L., Gardner P.

Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2007 Dec; 22(3):160-8.

Applying the Concept of Positive Deviance to Public Health Data: A Tool for Reducing Health Disparities

Walker L. O., Sterling B. S., Hoke M. M., Dearden K. A.

Public Health Nurs. 2007 Nov; 24(6):571-6.

Buddhist Nuns on the Move: An Innovative Approach to Improving Breastfeeding Practices in Cambodia

Crookston B. T., Dearden K. A., Chan K., Chan T., Stoker D. D.

Matern Child Nutr. 2007 Jan; 3(1):10-24.

Who Sleeps Under Bednets in Ghana? A Doer/Non-doer Analysis of Malaria Prevention Behaviours

De La Cruz N., Crookston B., Dearden K., Gray B., Ivins N., Alder S., Davis R.

Malar J. 2006 Jul; 5:61.

Adolescents at Risk: Depression, Low Academic Performance, Violence and Alcohol Increase Bolivian Teenager’s Risk of Attempted Suicide

Dearden K., De La Cruz N., Crookston B., Novilla M. L. B., Clark M.

International Electronic Journal of Health Education. 2005 Jun; 8(1):104-119.

How Representative are the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program Cancer Data of the United States?

Merrill R. M., Dearden K. A.

Cancer Causes Control. 2005 Apr; 15(10):1027-34.

Social Marketing Improved the use of Multivitamin and Mineral Supplements among Resource-poor Women in Bolivia

Warnick E., Dearden K. A., Slater S., Butron B., Lanata C. F., Huffman S. L.

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005 Jan; 36(6):290-7.

The Power of Positive Deviance

Marsh D. R., Schroeder D. G., Dearden K. A., Sternin J., Sternin M.

BMJ. 2004 Nov; 329(7475):1177-9.

Physical Activity and Psychosocial Discomfort among High School Students in Taipei, Taiwan

Page R., Lee C-M., Miao N-F., Dearden K., Carolan A.

The International Quarterly of Community Health Education. 2004 Jan; 22(3):290-297.

Work Outside the Home is the Primary Barrier to Exclusive Breastfeeding in Rural Viet Nam: Insights from Mothers who Exclusively Breastfed and Worked

Dearden K. A., Quan le N., Do M., Marsh D. R., Pachon H., Schroeder D. G., Lang T. T.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):101-8.

What Influences Health Behavior? Learning from Caregivers of Young Children in Viet Nam

Dearden K. A., Quan le N., Do M., Marsh D. R., Schroeder D. G., Pachon H., Lang T. T.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):119-29.

Implementation of Nutrition Education and Rehabilitation Programs (NERPs) in Viet Nam

Dickey V. C., Pachon H., Marsh D. R., Lang T. T., Claussenius D. R., Dearden K. A., Ha T. T., Schroeder D. G.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):78-85.

Empowerment in Rural Viet Nam: Exploring Changes in Mothers and Health Volunteers in the Context of an Integrated Nutrition Project

Hendrickson J. L., Dearden K., Pachon H., An N. H., Schroeder D. G., Marsh D. R.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):86-94.

Design of a Prospective, Randomized Evaluation of an Integrated Nutrition Program in Rural Viet Nam

Marsh D. R., Pachon H., Schroeder D. G., Ha T. T., Dearden K., Lang T. T., Hien N. D., Tuan D. A., Thach T. D., Claussenius D. R.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):36-47.

Effect of an Integrated Child Nutrition Intervention on the Complementary Food Intake of Young Children in Rural North Viet Nam

Pachon H., Schroeder D. G., Marsh D. R., Dearden K. A., Ha T. T., Lang T. T.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):62-9.

An Integrated Child Nutrition Intervention Improved Growth of Younger, More Malnourished Children in Northern Viet Nam

Schroeder D. G., Pachon H., Dearden K. A., Kwon C. B., Ha T. T., Lang T. T., Marsh D. R.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):53-61.

Effect of an Integrated Nutrition Program on Child Morbidity due to Respiratory Infection and Diarrhea in Northern Viet Nam

Sripaipan T., Schroeder D. G., Marsh D. R., Pachon H., Dearden K. A., Ha T. T., Lang T. T.

Food Nutr Bull. 2002 Dec; 23(4 Suppl):70-7.

The Impact of Mother-to-Mother Support on Optimal Breast-feeding: A Controlled Community Intervention Trial in Peri-urban Guatemala City, Guatemala

Dearden K., Altaye M., De Maza I., De Oliva M., Stone-Jimenez M., Burkhalter B. R., Morrow A. L.

Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2002 Oct; 12(3):193-201.

Determinants of Optimal Breast-feeding in Peri-urban Guatemala City, Guatemala

Dearden K., Altaye M., De Maza I., De Oliva M., Stone-Jimenez M., Morrow A. L., Burkhalter B. R.

Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2002 Oct; 12(3):185-92.

Do Multi-sectoral Development Programmes Affect Health? A Bolivian Case Study

Gonzales F., Dearden K., Jimenez W.

Health Policy Plan. 2000 May; 14(4):400-8.

Loan-tracking Systems for NGO Microcredit Programmes

Hyman E., Dearden K.

Small Enterprise Development. 1999 Mar; 10(1):27-37.

Comprehensive Impact Assessment Systems for NGO Microenterprise Development Programs

Hyman Eric L., Dearden Kirk

World Development. 1998 Dec; 26(2):261-276.

The Antecedents of Teen Fatherhood: A Retrospective Case-control Study of Great Britain Youth

Dearden K. A., Hale C. B., Woolley T.

Am J Public Health. 1995 Apr; 85(4):551-4.

The Educational Antecedents of Teen Fatherhood

Dearden K., Hale C., Alvarez J.

Br J Educ Psychol. 1992 Feb; 62 ( Pt 1):139-47.