Stephanie A Ettinger De Cuba, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management

Stephanie Ettinger De Cuba


Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, PhD, MPH, is an applied health services researcher with methodological expertise in qualitative, survey, and mixed methods. Her research focuses on children and families, health, the intersections of race/ethnicity and nativity, and the structural and policy factors underpinning these relationships. In particular, her expertise is in health inequities experienced by families with very young children and immigrant families and their children. While her core expertise is in access to basic needs (like food, housing, or energy security) health inequities and social policy, she also has interest in the ways environment (neighborhood characteristics, climate/exposures, built environment) are influenced by policy and how in turn all these influence child and family health, health care utilization, and economic well-being. Dr. Ettinger de Cuba holds co-appointments in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. In addition, she proudly serves as Executive Director of Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center ( She is part of the Inaugural cohort of faculty affiliates of the Center for Antiracist Research.

Dr. Ettinger de Cuba served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia focused on small-scale agriculture and nutrition and hygiene education, especially for mothers and children. She has worked for many years in a variety of program delivery, policy, and advocacy roles. Dr. Ettinger de Cuba received her BA from the University of Michigan in German Language and Literature and her MPH in International Health and PhD in Health Services Research from Boston University School of Public Health.

Other Positions

  • Research Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Research Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA


  • Published on 2/6/2024

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Coleman SM. Involving Families in Public Policy Innovation to Reduce Cost-Driven Moves and Related Disruption. Pediatrics. 2024 Feb 06. PMID: 38317617.

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  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Poblacion A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Frank DA, Esteves G, Rateau LJ, Heeren TC, Coleman S, Black MM, Cutts DB, Lê-Scherban F, Ochoa ER, Sandel M, Sheward R, Cook J. Development and Validation of an Abbreviated Child and Adult Food Security Scale for Use in Clinical and Research Settings in the United States. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10S):S89-S102.e4. PMID: 37730309.

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  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Miller DP, Raifman J, Cutts DB, Bovell-Ammon A, Frank DA, Jones DK. Reduced health care utilization among young children of immigrants after Donald Trump's election and proposed public charge rule. Health Affairs Scholar. 2023; 1(2):qxad023.

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  • Published on 6/10/2023

    Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Ahmad N, Bruce C, Poblacion A, Rateau LJ, Coleman SM, Black MM, Frank DA, Lê-Scherban F, Henchy G, Ochoa E, Sandel M, Cutts DB. Child Care Feeding Programs Associated With Food Security and Health for Young Children From Families With Low Incomes. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Oct; 123(10):1429-1439. PMID: 37302653.

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  • Published on 4/7/2023

    Lê-Scherban F, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Coleman S, Rateau L, Cutts D, Black M, Heeren T, Frank DA. Association Between Material Hardship in Families With Young Children and Federal Relief Program Participation by Race and Ethnicity and Maternal Nativity. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Apr 07; 4(4):e230508. PMID: 37083823.

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  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Bovell-Ammon A, Cuba SE, Cutts DB. Immigrant-Inclusive Policies Promote Child and Family Health. Am J Public Health. 2022 Dec; 112(12):1735-1737. PMID: 36383936.

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  • Published on 11/5/2022

    Bovell-Ammon A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Lê-Scherban F, Rateau L, Heeren T, Cantave C, Green KA, Frank DA, Cutts D, Ochoa E, Sandel M. Changes in Economic Hardships Arising During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Differences by Nativity and Race. J Immigr Minor Health. 2023 Apr; 25(2):483-488. PMID: 36334182.

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  • Published on 10/22/2022

    Carlson JM, Zanobetti A, Ettinger de Cuba S, Poblacion AP, Fabian PM, Carnes F, Rhee J, Lane KJ, Sandel MT, Janulewicz PA. Critical windows of susceptibility for the effects of prenatal exposure to heat and heat variability on gestational growth. Environ Res. 2023 Jan 01; 216(Pt 2):114607. PMID: 36279910.

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  • Published on 10/3/2022

    Bovell-Ammon A, McCann NC, Mulugeta M, Ettinger de Cuba S, Raifman J, Shafer P. Association of the Expiration of Child Tax Credit Advance Payments With Food Insufficiency in US Households. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Oct 03; 5(10):e2234438. PMID: 36269356.

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  • Published on 10/1/2022

    Cutts DB, Ettinger de Cuba S, Bovell-Ammon A, Wellington C, Coleman SM, Frank DA, Black MM, Ochoa E, Chilton M, Lê-Scherban F, Heeren T, Rateau LJ, Sandel M. Eviction and Household Health and Hardships in Families With Very Young Children. Pediatrics. 2022 Oct 01; 150(4). PMID: 36120757.

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