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Proscovia Nabunya
Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Social capital and social support networks for children affected by HIV/AIDS; asset building policy/economic strengthening and developmental outcomes for poor and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa; international social work and comparative welfare policies


Proscovia Nabunya is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University, Missouri and a BA from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Dr. Nabunya’s primary research interests focus on three major areas of inquiry: 1) economic strengthening programming – efforts that enable individuals with limited financial and economic resources to acquire and accumulate long term productive assets, for poor and vulnerable children and their families in developing countries and how such programs impact children’s developmental outcomes, including social, economic and health well-being; 2) social capital and social support systems – both formal and informal sources available to poor and vulnerable children and their families; and 3) the intersection between economic strengthening, social support systems and public health outcomes for poor and vulnerable children –including those affected by HIV and AIDS in developing countries. Her dissertation utilized a mixed methods approach to examine a family economic strengthening intervention and non-kin support networks for orphaned children living in low-resource communities in Uganda.

Dr. Nabunya has more than ten years of research experience, specializing in family-based economic strengthening and its effects on the social, economic and health wellbeing of children affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. She served as a Projects Coordinator on two NIH-funded studies (Suubi and Suubi-Maka studies) aimed at testing and refining a theoretically grounded innovative asset-based economic empowerment model for care and support of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. At the Silver School of Social Work, Dr. Nabunya is working on projects to expand her area of inquiry, examining family strengths, to promote social and relational assets among families and communities affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.