Laura Stilwell, MD/PhD '25
Laura is a graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD) program, doing a PhD in public policy with a concentration in economics. Laura earned her BS in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014. Prior to her graduate studies at Duke, Laura worked for three years as a research assistant to Esther Duflo, PhD, at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Cambridge, MA, where she worked on large-scale randomized evaluations of policy interventions. Laura's research broadly explores household decision making with respect to child investments and the impact of policies and programs on child health and well-being. Her current work focuses on three topics areas - housing, child maltreatment, and infant feeding – and includes projects in the US and Pakistan.