Grow Research Projects 

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence - What Works to Transform Girls' Lives
Overseas Develoment Institute - Department for International Development, UK (Jones Director; Yount Co-I)

The goal of this mixed-methods, multi-country consortium project is to understand the longitudinal impact of interventions to improve adolescent girls' capabilities, including schooling attainment, delayed first marriage, delayed first birth, contraceptive use, sexual empowerment and reproductive health. Participatory approaches and longitudinal qualitative studies will be undertaken in tandem to triangulate the findings from various sources.
A Multilevel Analysis of Partner Violence
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Yount PI)​

This project uses secondary data to assess the influence of men’s childhood exposure to violence on their perpetration of intimate partner violence in more and less gender-equitable communities in Bangladesh.
Women's Economic Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia
World Food Programme (Yount Emory PI)

This cluster-randomized controlled trial will assess the impact of women's economic empowerment, alone and with gender rights training, on the risk of IPV against women in farmer associations in displaced communities in Colombia.
Kin Influences on Young Women's Work in Qatar
Qatar National Research Fund
(Yount LPI; Abdul-Rahim co-LPI)

This two-wave, mixed-methods research project assesses why adolescent Qatari women’s transitions to work, marriage, and higher education follow the observed patterns. We examine in particular the pathways by which gendered attitudes and roles among parents and other kin influence these transitions in young Qatari women.
Change Starts at Home
UK Department of International Development

(Clark LPI)

The Change Starts at Home intervention is a multi-component social behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy designed to shift attitudes, norms and behaviors that underpin the power imbalances between men and women and the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) among couples in Nepal. Recognizing the social ecology of change, the intervention engages actors across multiple rings of influence, such as family members and community leaders, in addition to the primary target audience of married reproductive age women and their husbands. As an SBCC strategy, the intervention approaches intimate partner violence prevention through three key approaches: advocacy, social mobilization and behavior change communication.
Sexual Harassment Among Jordanian University Students
World Bank/Sexual Violence Research Initiative

(Clark Co-PI; Dr. Aida Essaid Co-PI)

The goal of this study is to describe sexual harassment, diagnose associated social norms, and adapt and enhance an SH prevention intervention engineered by Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT), a Jordanian non-profit, to the University of Jordan (UJ).  This study contributes to the long-term goal of understanding the SH in the Middle East and scaling up effective interventions in university settings in Jordan and the region.
Adapting RealConsent In Vietnam

(Yount PI; Dr. Minh Tran Hung Site-PI)

Dr. Kathryn Yount, PhD and the GROW! team are partnering with the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), Hanoi, Vietnam, to adapt the RealConsent™ program, with university men in Vietnam. This project will be the first to adapt and to test the impact of a novel, theoretically grounded, web-based program to prevent sexual violence perpetration and to promote prosocial bystander behavior among young men for use in a middle-income country.
Understanding Drivers of Diet Change and Food Choice among Tanzanian Pastoralists to Inform Policy and Practice
Girard PI; Yount Co-I
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK Department for International Development

This mixed-methods project is exploring hanges in food choices for women and children in the transition from pastoralist to sedentary lifestyles in Tanzania.​
Research on Violence against Women in South Asia
Overseas Develoment Institute, Dept. for International Development–UK (Samuels PI; Yount Co-I)

This mixed-methods project involves longitudinal qualitative research and multilevel data analysis to exploree why men perpetrate IPV in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Women's Empowerment and Prenatal Health in Qatar
Qatar National Research Fund (Yount LPI; Abdul Rahim co-LPI)

This project will (a) validate tools to measure prenatal depression, anxiety, and stress, (b) validate a new scale to measure women’s empowerment in pregnancy, and (c) explore the associations of women’s prenatal mental health and empowerment in the Qatari context.
Women's Empowerment in Agriculture
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Department for International Development UK (Girard PI; Yount co-I)

This project examines the association between women's empowerment and maternal and child nutrition in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Understanding the Disclosure of Sexual Violence among College Women
National Institute of Health-NICHD (Krause PI; Yount Faculty Mentor)

The goal of this study is to use a survey experiment to investigate the impact of methodological variations and social support on the disclosure of sexual violence in a sample of college women.

Community Influences on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Africa
National Institute of Health (Yount PI; Hayford PI)

The project will estimate the community-level influences on female genital cutting/ mutilation in Africa using national demographic and health survey data for 9 countries.​

Grow Publications Since 2015  ​​

  •  Yount, K., Miedema, S., Krause, K., Clark, C., Chen, J., & Del Rio, C. (2018). GROW: A model for mentorship to advance women's leadership in global health. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, 3, E5. doi: 10.1017/gheg.2018.5    
  • Frazier, T, CJR Hogue, EA Bonney, KM Yount, B Pearce. (accepted). Weathering the storm; a review of pre-pregnancy stress and risk of spontaneous abortion. Psychoneuroendocrinology.
  • James-Hawkins, L., E Shaltout, A Abdi Nur, C Nasrallah, Y Qutteina, H F Abdul Rahim, M Hennink, K.M. Yount. (accepted). Human and Economic Resources for Empowerment and Pregnancy Related Mental Health in the Arab Middle East: A Systematic Review. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.
  • James-Hawkins, L., Y.F. Cheong, R.T. Naved, K.M. Yount. (accepted). Multilevel Influences on Depressive Symptoms among Men in Bangladesh. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
  • Hynes, M., L. DePadilla, F. McCarty, C. E. Sterk, M. Hennink, K.M. Yount. (accepted). Women’s Relative Schooling Advantage and Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia. Violence against Women.
  • Cari Jo Clark, Gemma Ferguson, Binita Shrestha, Prabin N Shrestha, J Michael Oakes, Jhumka Gupta, Susi McGhee, Yuk Fai Cheong, KM Yount. (2018). Social Norms and Women’s Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Nepal. Social Science & Medicine. j.socscimed.2018.02.017
  • Hall, P. J., Foster, J. W., Yount, K. M., & Jennings, B. M. (2018). Keeping it Together and Falling Apart: Women's Dynamic Experience of Birth. Midwifery, 58, 130-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.12.006
  • Boudreau, C., H. Kress, R. Rochat, K.M. Yount. (2018). Correlates of Disclosure of Sexual Violence among Kenyan Youth. Child Abuse and Neglect, 79, 164-172.
  • Yount, K.M., James-Hawkins, L., Cheong, Y.F., Naved, R.T. (2018). Men’s Violence Perpetration in Bangladesh: Community Gender Norms and Violence in Childhood. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19(1), 117-130. DOI: .
  • Frazier, T. C.R. Hogue, K. M. Yount. (2018). The Development of the Healthy Pregnancy Stress Scale, and Validation in a Sample of Low-Income African American Women. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22(2), 247-254. DOI:
  • Yount, K. M., Crandall, A., & Cheong, Y. F. (2018). Women’s Age at First Marriage and Long-Term Economic Empowerment in Egypt. World Development, 102, 124-134. doi: