Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH

Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH

Former Principal Investigator, Center for Hunger-Free Communities, Drexel University

Email: mariana.chilton(at)
Tel: (215) 762-6512

Mariana Chilton is the Former Principal Investigator for Children’s HealthWatch’s Philadelphia Data Collection Site at Drexel University School of Public Health. Her research interests include poverty, nutrition, hunger, and maternal and child health.

Dr. Chilton is currently the Principal Investigator of the Philadelphia GROW Project and is the founder of the Witnesses to Hunger project. She is also an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Drexel University.

Dr. Chilton received her A.B. at Harvard University, her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Hunger and nutrition


Dr. Chilton has received the Young Professional Award in Maternal and Child Health from the American Public Health Association, the National Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Philadelphia Business Journal “40 Under 40” Young Professional Award.


Food Insecurity and Risk of Poor Health Among US-born Children of Immigrants.
American Journal of Public Health
March 1, 2009

La alimentación y el bienestar de los ciudadanos estadounidenses más jóvenes de madres mexicanas, centroamericanas, y caribeñas.
Cahiers Alhim de la Universidad de Paris 8 de Saint-Denis
January 1, 2008

Hunger of the body and hunger of the mind: African American women’s perceptions of food insecurity, health and violence.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
January 1, 2007

Chilton, MM. Developing a Measure of Dignity for Stress-Related Health Outcomes
Health and Human Rights
May 1, 2006

The Inseparability of Violence and HIV: using Human Rights and Ecosocial Frameworks to Transform HIV Prevention Initiatives for Women
Health and Human Right
January 1, 2006