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Dr Delanjathan Devakumar
3rd Floor
Institute of Child Health, UCL
Tel: 02079052839
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  • Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health / Honorary Consultant in Public Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Delan is an Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent health and an honorary consultant in Public Health in the Global Health division of Public Health England. He is co-director of the UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents.

He qualified from the University of Manchester and then worked in clinical paediatrics in the UK and New Zealand. After completing a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, he worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres as a paediatrician in Pakistan (Kashmir earthquake), South Sudan (cholera outbreak) and Myanmar (post-cyclone Nargis). 

He was appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and then NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health in UCL. He completed a masters in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from UCL, funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. 

Delan is chair of ICHG, a special interest group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He was a commissioner and steering group member of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health and is currently lead for child and adolescent health in Lancet Migration. He is the lead for the upcoming Lancet series on racism and xenophobia and is chair and co-founder of Race & Health and a member of The Lancet Group for Racial Equality (GRacE).

Research Themes
Research Summary

Delan's interests are in child and adolescent health, in particular: humanitarian crises and conflict; migration, racism and xenophobia; mental health; maternal and child nutrition; and violence. He is committed to public engagement and advocacy to improve health. 

His PhD research investigated the long-term effects of antenatal micronutrient supplementation in Nepal, focusing on growth, lung function and air pollution. Delan's current research focuses on violence and mental health. He currently has research projects investigating community violence and adolescent mental health in Brazil; the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent refugees in Lebanon; adolescent mental health intervention development in Nepal; and the development of packages of care to improve the mental health of survivors of violence against women and children in Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka. 

Delan has completed public engagement projects using art and film to discuss the issues of air pollution and child marriage in Nepal, migration in Lebanon, and leads the 'MIgration and XEnophobia Schools' (MIXES) project discussing discrimination towards migrants in the UK. He hosts and produces two podcasts: Global Health Lives and Race & Health. 

Teaching Summary

Delan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and lead for the Global Maternal and Child Health BSc module. He also teaches on Global Health and Development MSc. Delan is the lead editor of the Oxford Textbook of the Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children and Adolescents.

Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2010   Member of Faculty of Public Health Faculty of Public Health
2009   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2006   Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
2005   Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
2002   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Manchester
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