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Rumeli Banik, Ph.D.

Program Officer for Child Well-being

Rumeli Banik joins the foundation’s Child Well-being Program as Program Officer, with a diverse well of experience in the field. Banik earned a doctorate in applied developmental psychology from Fordham University, and a Master of Arts degree in child development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in child development and biomedical engineering from Tufts University. She is a co-principal investigator studying the role of Latina mothers’ parenting experiences on early childhood development at Fordham University. Her prior research examined differences in the experiences of the transition to parenthood in first-time mothers from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds. She has also developed a workshop about parenting skills and child development for caregivers of young children at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Earlier in her career, she developed and implemented evidence-based parenting program content for families of children birth to age five as a community-based child development specialist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.