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Gabriela Buccini, PhD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

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Gabriela Buccini, PhD, MPH

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Gabriela Buccini is an Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences). She worked as a Postdoctoral Associate for Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) at the Yale School of Public Health. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certified by IBLCE®. She obtained her MS in Nutrition in Public Health from the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo- Brazil and in 2017, earned her Ph.D. from the same university. Both focuses on breastfeeding in Brazil. She also gained additional specialized qualifications in Public Health (2006-2008), Breastfeeding (2007) and Public Administration (2012-2013). From March-June 2015, she worked as Postgraduate Fellow in Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health. Her research experience spans Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child feeding, Lactation Counselling, Early Childhood Development, and Public Health.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Sao Paulo, Nutrition in Public Health (2017)
  • MPH
    School of Public Health (University of São Paulo- Brazil), Nutrition in Public Health (2012)
  • Postdoctoral associate
    Yale School of Public Health


  • Pathways to scale up integrated early childhood development programs
    São Paulo, Brazil (2019-2020)
  • Addressing Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding in Nampula, Mozambique: Opportunities to Strengthen Counseling and Use of a Job Aid.
    Nampula, Mozambique 2018
  • Improving Exclusive Breastfeeding in Latin America through a Newborn Care Intervention Package: an epidemiological approach.
    São Paulo, Brazil (2017-2018)
  • Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly
    New Haven, United States 2017
    She has heavily engaged in the development of a program impact pathways (PIP) analysis to assess the short and long term impact of BBF on breastfeeding outcomes. She is leading the implementation of the BBF toolbox in Mexico. This work involves coordinating policy research (e.g. stakeholder analysis and mapping, motivational interviewing with high level decision makers to assess their perceptions about the utility of BBF policy recommendations, and public opinion media coverage analysis). I am also a senior collaborator in a qualitative study designed to assess breastfeeding policy implementation (based on in-depth interviews with high level stakeholders) and in two costing studies focusing on improving maternity leave protection for women employed in the formal and informal sectors and the Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative.
  • The evolving process of pacifier use and its influence on the interruption of exclusive breastfeeding in Brazilian State Capitals and Federal District
    Brazil (2013-2017)
    To analyze the evolving process of pacifier use and its influence on the interruption of EBF in children under 6 months old in state capitals and the Federal District in the period from 1999 to 2008.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
2018 Trainee Travel Award, International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)2018
ZULEIKA THOMSONBrazilian Breastfeeding National Meeting2016
2016 Trainee Travel AwardInternational Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)2016
Best Community-Based Professional of the yearSanta Marcelina Organization2011
Elis BusnelloBrazilian Society of Family and Community Medicine2009

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