Stephanie Grilo, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health
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Stephanie Grilo, PhD, whose pronouns are she/her/hers, is an Assistant Professor in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Grilo is a social scientist and public health researcher whose research area of interest focuses on adolescent health, globally and domestically, and emphasizes the need for taking a resiliency approach to improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations. This includes work on understanding multiracial identify formation and the influence on health outcomes, adolescent preventive services, comprehensive sexual health education and its role in preventing sexual assault, pregnancy outcomes for young women of color, as well as global research on fertility decision making in areas of high HIV prevalence. Dr. Grilo co-teaches Qualitative Methods in the Core Curriculum as well as in Population and Family Health. Dr. Grilo is also the co-founder of MOSAIC (Mentoring of Students and Igniting Community) a faculty and student mentorship community for first generation and students of color in the Department.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2013 Columbia University
  • PhD, 2019 Columbia University


Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community Health
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health

Selected Publications

Grilo SA, Catallozzi M, Santelli JS, Yan H, Song X, Heitel J, Kaseeska K, Gorzkowski J, Dereix AE, Klein JD. Confidentiality discussions and private time with a health-care provider for youth, United States, 2016. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019 Jan 9.

Bermudez LG, Grilo SA*, Santelli JS, Ssewamala FM. Informing health choices in low-resource settings. The Lancet. 2017 Jul 22;390(10092):336-8. *Bermudez and Grilo share first authorship

Grilo SA, Catallozzi M, Heck CJ, Mathur S, Nakyanjo N, Santelli JS. Couple perspectives on unintended pregnancy in an area with high HIV prevalence: A qualitative analysis in Rakai, Uganda. Global Public Health. 2018 Aug 3;13(8):1114-25.

Grilo SA, Song X, Lutalo T, Mullinax M, Mathur S, Santelli J. Facing HIV infection and unintended pregnancy: Rakai, Uganda, 2001–2013. BMC Womens Health. 2018 Dec;18(1):46.

Grilo SA, Earnshaw VA, Lewis JB, Stasko EC, Magriples U, Tobin JN & Ickovics JR. (2015). Food matters: Food insecurity among pregnancy adolescents and infant birth outcomes. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol 6: Iss.2, Article 4.

Grilo SA, Shallcross AJ, Ogedegbe G, Odedosu T, Levy N, Lehrer S, Chaplin W, Spruill TM. Peer reviewed: Food insecurity and effectiveness of behavioral interventions to reduce blood pressure, New York City, 2012–2013. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2015;12.

Santelli JS, Grilo SA, Lindberg LD, Speizer IS, Schalet A, Heitel J, ... & Rogers J (2017). Abstinence-only-until-marriage policies and programs: An updated position paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(3), 400-3.

Santelli, J. S., Grilo, S. A., Klein, J. D., Liu, Y., Yan, H., Li, B., ... & Catallozzi, M. (2020). The Unmet Need for Discussions Between Health Care Providers and Adolescents and Young Adults. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Hernandez ND, Chandler R, Nava N, Tamler I, Daley EM, Baldwin JA, Buhi ER, ORourke K, Romero-Daza N, Grilo S. Young adult US-born Latina womens thoughts, feelings and beliefs about unintended pregnancy. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 2019 Jul 31:1-7.