Kathleen Cravero

Violence Prevention

Before joining CUNY as a Distinguished Lecturer in Health Policy and Management, Dr. Cravero spent 25 years working for the United Nations, serving in five different United Nations agencies and living in four different countries.

Dr. Cravero also held senior UN positions in Geneva and New York. Her UN positions included: Assistant Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Recovery (UNDP), Deputy Executive Director for UNAIDS, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi and UNICEF Representative in Uganda. After leaving the UN, Dr. Cravero served for ten years as President of Oak Foundation, a private grant-making foundation based in Geneva. Promoting women’s rights and ending violence against women and children has been a priority in every assignment she has taken on. This theme continues in her present position on the leadership team of a USAID-funded project to improve the scope and impact of national Violence Against Children Surveys, which have been undertaken (or are underway) in 22 countries.

CIRGH Focus Areas

Child Protection

Access to Care: intersection of gender, migration and access to health care

Urban Health & Migration

Key Organizational Relationships

Member, International Council of the Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health


MPH Center for Population and Family Health

Columbia University, School of Public Health, New York, NY


PhD in Political Science

Fordham University, Bronx, NY


MA in Political Science

Fordham University, Bronx, NY


BA in French Language and Literature

College of New Rochelle, New York, NY

Select Publications

  • Amanda Nace, Catherine Maternowska, Begoña Fernandez & Kathleen Cravero (2022) The Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS): Using VACS data to drive programmes and policies, Global Public Health, 17:11, 2807-2825, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2021.2010116
  • (Pre-print) Cravero K, Hobbs A, Manipoud Figueroa E, Romero D. Supporting Organizations to Improve Migrants’ Access to Health Services in New York City. JMHEALTH-D-22-00133, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4218752