Ph.D. student, Johns Hopkins University

Ann Herbert, MPP is in the final year of a PhD program in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation work focuses on understanding puberty experiences of girls in Baltimore, Maryland, a US city that is predominantly lower-income and African-American, with some of the worst sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the country. Her research aims to understand how present day adolescent girls in this setting describe and interpret their experiences of puberty, and aims to identify their psychosocial and information needs as they transition through puberty. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, her pre-dissertation work has mostly focused on exploring effects of religion/spirituality and sexual health in low-resource settings in the US and in Africa. As a yoga instructor, Ms. Herbert is also interested in better understanding the role of contemplative practices, such as yoga and meditation, to enhance wellbeing in underserved areas.


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    Phd student , Johns Hopkins University