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Sara Silvério Marques, MPH, Research Scientist and Ford Foundation Research Fellow

Sara Marques is a Research Scientist and Ford Foundation fellow at PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development. Her current work focuses on adolescent sexual health and rights, and the use of research to inform policy and program development. She is currently working on adolescent sexual health research and policy studies funded by The California Wellness Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a randomized trial of the Planned Parenthood - Los Angeles Sexuality Education Initiative.

Marques has worked to address issues affecting marginalized youth in the U.S. and abroad, maintaining a focus on ensuring that gender, culture, and stage of development are crosscutting considerations in all programmatic work. Most recently she was the Health Promotion Programs Director at the Latin American Youth Center, a community-based multiservice youth development agency in Washington, D.C., where she managed programs that employed a wide range of approaches for adolescent health promotion and disease prevention. Her international work has focused on sexuality, gender, and rights as well as youth development and violence prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Marques holds a master in public health from George Washington University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the University of California, Berkeley.