Chunling Lu
Chunling Lu, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Lu studied international relations (BA) and political science (MA) at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and sociology (MA) and applied statistics (MS) at Syracuse University, where she also received her PhD in economics. She received postdoctoral training on health care policy analysis at the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy, and joined the School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in 2008 after three-years work at the Harvard Institute for Global Health as Senior Research Associate.


  • Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
  • Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
  • DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Human Development, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Harvard Medical School

Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

641 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Prevalence and number of children living in institutional care: global, regional, and country estimates.
Authors: Authors: Desmond C, Watt K, Saha A, Huang J, Lu C.
Lancet Child Adolesc Health
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Contraceptive Use in Adolescent Girls and Adult Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
Authors: Authors: Li Z, Patton G, Sabet F, Zhou Z, Subramanian SV, Lu C.
JAMA Netw Open
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Development assistance for community health workers in 114 low- and middle-income countries, 2007-2017
Authors: Authors: Lu C, Palazuelos D, Luan YQ, Sachs SE, Mitnick CD, Rhatigan J, Perry HB
Bulletin of World Health Organization
Inequalities in early childhood care and development in low/middle-income countries: 2010-2018.
Authors: Authors: Lu C, Cuartas J, Fink G, McCoy D, Liu K, Li Z, Daelmans B, Richter L.
BMJ Glob Health
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Assessing national and subnational inequalities in medical care utilization and financial risk protection in Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Liu K, Subramanian SV, Lu C.
Int J Equity Health
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A Goal Within Reach: Chapter 1 A Neglected Group in Monitoring the SDGs
Authors: Authors: Lu C, Desmond C
Lumos Foundation
Tracking development assistance for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in conflict-affected countries.
Authors: Authors: Li Z, Richter L, Lu C.
BMJ Glob Health
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Early childhood development: an imperative for action and measurement at scale.
Authors: Authors: Richter L, Black M, Britto P, Daelmans B, Desmond C, Devercelli A, Dua T, Fink G, Heymann J, Lombardi J, Lu C, Naicker S, Vargas-Barón E.
BMJ Glob Health
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Inequalities in socio-emotional development and positive parenting during childhood: Evidence from China 2010-2014.
Authors: Authors: Li Z, Jiang Y, Li M, Lu C.
SSM Popul Health
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Examining racial/ethnic differences in patterns of benzodiazepine prescription and misuse.
Authors: Authors: Cook B, Creedon T, Wang Y, Lu C, Carson N, Jules P, Lee E, Alegría M.
Drug Alcohol Depend
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