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Profile of the Deputy Principal

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Profile of the Deputy Principal

Professor Julie Meeks

Professor Julie Meeks, became the new Deputy Principal of The UWI Open Campus, effective, October 1, 2014, succeeding Professor Vivienne Roberts. Professor Meeks is The UWI Open’s Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research and was the Head at the Caribbean Child Development Centre previous to her new appointment. She also served as the founding Director of the Consortium for Social Research and Development at the Campus from 2009 to 2011.

Professor Meeks, a Professor of Child Development and Nutrition, trained at the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) at The UWI and did post-doctoral work at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge University. Her work has focused on nutritional status and child development of children in difficult circumstances. She carried out longitudinal observations of undernourished children and examined their behavioural responses to nutritional supplementation and psychosocial stimulation, including interactions with their caregivers, other adults and children. She has studied the effects of lead toxicity coupled with undernutrition, and the benefits of zinc supplementation on the growth, morbidity and development of children.

Over the last two decades she has focused on issues of children and violence, including the development of aggression among children, and the effects of violence on Caribbean children. She was the lead researcher on the Caribbean Region report on Violence Against Children for the UN Secretary General’s Global Report. The CCDC, which she led, has started a program of research related to the effects of HIV on children’s development. She has been principal investigator on many research projects with substantial grant funding from international agencies including the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, the OAS and the IDB.

Professor Meeks has published widely in international research journals, has several book chapters and technical reports, and a number of books and monographs both authored and edited. She serves the University of the West Indies in a number of capacities, including on the Senate, the Open Campus Council and the Appointments Committee. She has served on boards and committees related to children's issues internationally, regionally and in Jamaica.

The UWI Open Campus community warmly welcomes Professor Meeks to her new position and wishes her great success as she partners with the Principal to lead the Campus to greater success and achievements.