Gisela Solymos is a guest scholar of the Kellogg Institute and the visiting Melchor Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is working closely with Kellogg faculty fellow and Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Nitesh Chawla to develop a platform for the integration of data, knowledge, and methods to support interventions in child malnutrition and health.
Previously, Solymos was general manager of the Center for Nutritional Recovery and Education (CREN), a Brazil-based non-profit that has pioneered an integrated approach to addressing child malnutrition, first in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and later in Latin America and Africa. Under Solymos’ leadership, CREN developed innovative, multidisciplinary methods to confront child malnutrition while addressing the emotional and psychological effects of poverty on children and families. The organization’s human-centered interventions have resulted in a long-term direct impact on more than 140,000 children and an indirect impact on more than 3.8 million people.
Solymos holds a Masters in School Psychology and Human Development from the University of Sao Paolo and a Phd in Social Psychiatry from Universidade Federal de São Paulo. She has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur.
Kellogg Scholars' New Study Unravels the Complexity of Childhood Obesity
Jan 6, 2020
In a new study led by Kellogg Faculty Fellow Nitesh Chawla, researchers examined how various psychological characteristics of children struggling with their weight, such as loneliness, anxiety and shyness, combined with similar characteristics of their parents or guardians and family dynamics affect outcomes of nutritional intervention.
Using ‘Machine Learning’ to Combat Child Malnutrition
Aug 22, 2018
A Kellogg Institute faculty fellow and guest scholar are partnering to develop a “Knowledge Hub” that combines psychology, the social sciences, and artificial intelligence technology to combat child malnutrition in Brazil. They hope to eventually take the project worldwide.