Cecilia E. Barbosa, PhD, MPH, MCP | Saba W. Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH | Kellie E. Carlyle, PhD, MPH | Maghboeba Mosavel, PhDArticle Link: Journal of Human Lactation, Sage Journals
Cecilia E. Barbosa, PhD, MPH, MCP is principal and owner, NiCe, LC (dba cBe consulting). In this capacity, she has directed projects and studies in response to organizations’ needs for program and resource development, project management, organization and management, research, and policy and epidemiological analysis.
She has over 25 years’ experience in public health and maternal and child health, including several years as an independent consultant, as Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Health, Virginia Department of Health, and as Executive Director, Virginia Public Health Association. As Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health, she directed statewide programs to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents in Virginia worth $19 million annually. She was Director of Planning and Evaluation in the Maternal and Child Health Division of the Virginia Department of Health; a planner in a local health department in Sarasota, Florida; and a trainer of Peace Corps volunteers in the Dominican Republic. Her professional interests include the health of children; breastfeeding; health inequities; systemic, social and environmental determinants of health; infectious diseases; public health infrastructure; community assessments; community health workers; and global health.
She received a PhD in social and behavioral health from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in December 2014. Her dissertation was on infant feeding among low-income African-American women. She has Master of Public Health and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA degree in Biology from Smith College. She also completed a graduate program in public health at the Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. She is a graduate of the Collaborative Leaders Program of Virginia, Institute for Educational Leadership and Leadership Metro Richmond.
In 2015, the Governor of Virginia appointed her to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board. She serves on the Boards of the World Pediatric Project and Dancing Classrooms of Greater Richmond, the Virginia Department of Health Institutional Review Board, and the Mayor of Richmond’s Breastfeeding Taskforce. She has served on the Mayor of Richmond’s Breastfeeding Commission and on the Board of Fan Free Clinic. Leadership board roles include Board Chair, Richmond Montessori School, President of the Virginia Public Health Association, and Search Committee Chair, Sabot School.
A citizen of Brazil and USA, she is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French and speaks some German. She has lived in Brazil, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and England. She enjoys horseback riding, swimming, traveling, languages, and meeting people from all over the world.