Accessibility statement

Yassaman Vafai
Research Associate



Yassaman is a Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences, primarily based at the Bradford Institute for Health Research working on ActEarly, a muti-site research project aiming to develop a whole systems approach to promote early life development and improve lifelong health and wellbeing of families and young in areas of high child poverty, Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Tower Hamlets, East London.

Prior to joining the Department of Health Sciences, Yassaman worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Bethesda, Maryland, USA) where she examined the effect of medication use during pregnancy on fetal growth.


  • BSc Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
  • MPH Maternal & Child Health, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
  • PhD Maternal & Child Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA



Yassaman’s current research activities include co-managing the Healthy Livelihoods theme of the ActEarly project; providing research support to the local government in Bradford Disctrict developing anti-poverty strategies and programs to reduce economic inequalities and improve health and wellbeing of young children and families in Bradford; and using quantitative methods to determine the effect of socioeconomic status of families on maternal and child health outcomes in Bradford and Tower Hamlets. Yassaman’s wider researcher interests include understanding racial and economic disparities in maternal and reproductive health.


Research group(s)


Maternal and child health, reproductive health


Selected publications

Full publications list

Contact details

Dr Yassaman Vafai
Research Associate

Tel: 01904 324499