Helena Duch, PsyD

  • Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
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Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1996 Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain
  • MA, 1998 Columbia University - Teacher's College
  • MA, 2002 New York University
  • PsyD, 2005 New York University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member Society for Research in Child Development

Member Society for Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics

Member New York Zero to Three


Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community Health
  • Food Policy and Obesity
  • Global Health
  • Mental Health

Selected Publications

Barbara Hanna Wasik How Can Parents Help Their Children Learn Math? Routledge NY/NY/USA 51-65 2012

Noble, K., Duch, H., Landers, C., Rodriguez, C., Grundleger, A., and Darvique, M.E. Getting Ready for School: A Preliminary Evaluation of a Parent-Focused School-Readiness Program Child Development Research 2012 1-14 2012

Duch, H. and Rodriguez, C. Strengthening families in Head Start: the impact of a parent education program on the emotional well-being of families. Early Child Development and Care Early Child Development and Care 181 733-748 2011

Helena Duch Redefining Parent Involvement in Head Start: A Two Generation Approach Early Child Development and Care 175 23-35 2005

Duch, H. and Rodriguez, C. Consultation in International Development School Psychology International 26 162-178 2005

Urban Health Activities

Evaluation of the CARING Preschool Program: Funded by the Psychoanalytic Association, the Chaparral and Rosenshein Foundations, this pilot evaluation aims to assess the preliminary impact of a parent-child intervention on key developmental outcomes essential to preschoolers' healthy social-emotional development. We are conducting a randomized, control study in 2 urban Head Start programs in New York City.

Getting Ready for School: Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, US Department of Education, this Goal 2 Development and Innovation project proposes to formulate a novel school readiness program for disadvantaged Head Start children with two main innovations: (1) an integrated curriculum targeting early literacy, math, and self-regulation skills; and (2) a comprehensive approach that jointly supports the efforts of classroom teachers and parents.

Immigration, Acculturation and Physical Activity: This study aims to understand the impact of acculturation and immigration on factors that contribute to childhood obesity, particularly sedentary behavior (screen time) and physical activity.