Anushka Ataullahjan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 217, HSB
519 661-2111 x86523
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  • PhD (University of Alberta)
  • MSc. (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • BSc Hons (University of Toronto)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health & Rehabilitation Sciences MSc | PhD
  • Applied Health Sciences MSc

Research In Profile

Professor Anushka Ataullahjan is a critical qualitative researcher whose research explores the health of women, children, and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries, particularly Pakistan. Drawing from multiple disciplines such as anthropology, demography, and public health, she aims to understand how health decisions are shaped by social, political and religious ideologies. Her research situates health beliefs and practices in their larger context which includes their regional, national, and global histories. It also explores the class and caste-based histories that give rise to particular inequities and health practices.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Ataullahjan, A., Ahsan, H., Soofi, S., Habib, M. A., & Bhutta, Z. A. (2021). Eradicating Polio in Pakistan: A systematic review of programs and policies. Expert Review of Vaccines, 1-18.
  • Ataullahjan, A., Vallianatos, H., & Mumtaz, Z. (2021). Violence and precarity: A neglected cause of large family sizes in Pakistan. Global public health, 1-10.
  • Singh, N. S., Ataullahjan, A., Ndiaye, K., Das, J. K., Wise, P. H., Altare, C., … & Wise, P. (2021). Delivering health interventions to women, children, and adolescents in conflict settings: what have we learned from ten country case studies?. The Lancet.
  • Ataullahjan, A., Samara, M., Betancourt, T.S., & Bhutta, Z. A. (2020). Mitigating toxic stress in children affected by conflict and displacement. The British Medical Journal
  • Ataullahjan, A., Mumtaz, Z., & Vallianatos, H. (2019). Family planning in Pakistan: A site of resistance. Social Science & Medicine, 230, 158-165.
  • Ataullahjan, A., Mumtaz, Z., & Vallianatos, H. (2019). Family planning, Islam and sin: Understandings of moral actions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Social Science & Medicine, 230, 49-56.

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Graduate Student Opportunities

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Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor (Status-Only), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Co-opted Board Member, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission for the Status of Women