Cara Antonaccio

Cara Antonaccio


PhD in Social Work, Boston College
MSPH in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
BSc in Health Policy, Pennsylvania State University
BA in African Studies, Pennsylvania State University
UNU Macau

Cara Antonaccio is a researcher at the UNU Institute in Macau.

Cara joined the UNU Macau in November 2022. Her research is focused on health and development in conflict-affected communities using epidemiological and geospatial analysis methods to investigate the dynamics of complex humanitarian crises. She is currently working on a programme that examines the conflict-related and contextual drivers of attacks against humanitarian assistance, as well as the geospatial diffusion dynamics of attacks against aid workers, globally. In 2022, she earned a PhD from Boston College, where she studied mental health and psychosocial well-being in conflict-affected communities and among youth who were formerly affiliated with armed forces and groups in Sierra Leone. In 2018, she earned a Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, where she conducted research evaluating the implementation of mental health and psychosocial support services for new mothers in conflict-affected regions of Uganda. Since joining the UNU Institute in Macau, Cara is increasingly motivated to conduct applied interdisciplinary research and to design data-driven tools to support health in humanitarian crises and communities affected by conflict.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Humanitarian emergencies
  • Maternal and child health
  • Mental health and psychosocial support


Blog Post

A Constructive Approach to Participatory Computerised Modelling

A human-centred systems approach involves building a meaningful relationship with citizens and enabling them to build skills to cope with complexity.

21 Apr 2023

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