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Solveig  Argeseanu Cunningham

Assoc Professor

Associate Professor

Faculty, Global Health

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Dr. Solveig Cunningham is Associate Professor of Global Health, with affiliated appointments in the Division of Nutrition, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Epidemiology.  She was trained in Demography and Sociology (PhD), International Development (MSc) and Chronic Disease Epidemiology (Postdoc), with specialization in obesity and diabetes, contextual factors of chronic diseases, and the implications of early life exposure for long-term health. Her research has included work in the U.S., India, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and employs quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. 

Her work has been published in leading journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, and Demography. She has received several recognitions, including the ASPPH/Pfizer Young Investigators Award for Distinguished Research in Public Health for 2015. Her research has generated interest outside of academia, including The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. She contributes to policy discussions, for example the American College of Endocrinology Consensus Statement on Obesity. 

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Contact Information

Emory University , Department of Global Health

Atlanta , GA 30322

Department of Global Health

Phone: (404) 727-6486

Fax: (404) 727-4590


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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Behavior and Health
  • Diabetes
  • Ecology, Demography and Environmental Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • PhD, Demography and Sociology 2006, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MA, Demography 2003, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MSc, Development Studies 2001, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
  • BA, International Affairs 1997, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Courses Taught

  • GH 503: Quantitative Data Collection
  • GH 503: Quantitative Data Collection
  • GH 502: Quant.Data Collection
  • GH 569: Pop.Dyn, Intl' Devp.and Health

Affiliations & Activities

CHAMPS: Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance:

Interface Demography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel:



  • , , In, Out, and Fluctuating: Obesity from Adolescence to Adulthood, Annals of Epidemiology, 41, 14-20
  • , , Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems within the CHAMPS Network, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 69(Supplement 4), S274-S279
  • , , Ominous Reversal of Health Gains in the United States: Time for Rethinking of Research Priorities? , Annals of Internal Medicine, 170(5), 330-331
  • , , Protecting children’s health in a calorie-surplus world: Household structure and childhood obesity, PLoS One, 14(8), e0220802
  • , , County-level Contextual Factors Associated with Diabetes Incidence in the United States, Annals of Epidemiology, 28(1), 20-5
  • , , Entrenched obesity among children in the United States, Annals of Epidemiology, 27(7), 435-441
  • , , Incidence of diabetes after a partner's diagnosis, Preventive Medicine, 105, 52-57
  • , , Relationship between prenatal growth, postnatal growth and childhood obesity: a review, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71(8), 919-930
  • , , The Maternal Gut Microbiome During Pregnancy, , 42(6), 310-317
  • , , The Stability of Children’s Weight Status Over Time, and the Role of Television, Physical Activity, and Diet, Preventive Medicine, 100, 229-234
  • , , Social Competence and Obesity in Elementary School, American Journal of Public Health, 105(1), 153-158
  • , , Unhealthy Weight among Children and Adults: Urbanicity and the Cross-over in Underweight and Overweight in India, Annals of Epidemiology, 25(5), 336-341
  • , , Incidence of childhood obesity in the United States, New England Journal of Medicine, 307(17), 401-409
  • , , Returns on Lifetime Investments in Children in Egypt, Demography, 50(2), 699-724
  • , , Is there evidence that friends influence body weight? A systematic review of empirical research, Social Science & Medicine, 75(7), 1175-1183
  • , , Race, ethnicity, and the relevance of obesity for social integration, Ethnicity & Disease, 22(3), 317-323
  • , , Social Hierarchy, Psychological Stress, and Obesity: A Systematic Review, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112(4), 518-526
  • , , Decreases in diabetes-free life expectancy in the US and the role of obesity, Diabetes Care, 34(10), 2225-2230
  • , , Does the Sale of Sweetened Beverages at School Affect Children's Weight?, Social Science & Medicine, 73(9), 1332-1339
  • , , Causes of Fluctuating Mortality in Romania, European Journal of Population, 25, 197-214
  • , , Doctors' Strikes and Mortality: A Review, Social Science & Medicine, 67, 1784-1788
  • , , Health of foreign-born people in the United States: A review, Health & Place, 14(4), 623-635
  • , , Data cleaning: Detecting, diagnosing, and editing data abnormalities, Public Library of Science: Medicine., 2(10), e267
  • , , Incident, Accident, Catastrophe: Cyanide on the Danube, Disasters, 29(2), 99-128
  • , , Measuring Social Networks for Medical Research in Lower-Income Settings, PLoS ONE, 9(8), e105161