Gabriela Buccini, PhD, MPH

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

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly | Perez-Escamilla Lab


Gabriela Buccini is 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, Public Health, Primary Care/Family Health and Epidemiology.

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)

Honors & Recognition

  • 2018 Trainee Travel Award, International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) (2018)

  • ZULEIKA THOMSONBrazilian Breastfeeding National Meeting (2016)

  • 2016 Trainee Travel AwardInternational Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) (2016)

  • Best Community-Based Professional of the yearSanta Marcelina Organization (2011)

  • Elis BusnelloBrazilian Society of Family and Community Medicine (2009)


  • Addressing Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding in Nampula, Mozambique: Opportunities to Strengthen Counseling and Use of a Job Aid. Nampula, Mozambique (2018 - 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...

  • 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.

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Gabriela Buccini, PhD, MPH
Office Location
135 College Street, Ste 248
New Haven, CT 06510
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