Rumeli Banik is the senior program officer for child well-being. Her work involves promoting positive child and family outcomes and preventing child abuse and neglect through supporting evidence-based prevention strategies that build on the strengths and assets of children, families and communities.

Prior to her role at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, she was a co-principal investigator of a study about the role of Latina mothers’ parenting experiences on early childhood development and childcare choices at Fordham University. Her prior research examined how differences in the experiences of the transition to parenthood influence adjustment to parenthood in first-time mothers from high and low socioeconomic backgrounds. She has also developed a workshop about parenting skills and child development for caregivers of young children at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Earlier in her career, she designed and implemented evidence-based parenting program content for culturally and socioeconomically diverse families with children between birth and age five as a community-based child development specialist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She currently teaches research design at Columbia University and has previously taught at Fordham University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Pace University.

Banik earned a doctorate degree in applied developmental psychology from Fordham University, and a master’s degree in child development and a bachelor’s degree in child development and biomedical engineering from Tufts University.

Stories featuring Rumeli Banik

I started off the 2022 Aspen Ideas Festival at Aspen Words Book Ball, a passion project of Isa Catto and Daniel Shaw.
Ascend FellowshipJune 25, 2022
This year, the Aspen Idea Festival returns to in-person programming at our campus in the Rocky Mountains June 25 - July 1, 2022.
Ascend FellowshipJune 15, 2022

Convenings Featuring Rumeli Banik

Date: June 28, 2022
Location: St. Regis Hotel Courtyard (Aspen, CO) & Live Webcast (virtual)
Many places we look, we are stuck. Stuck in old ways and old thinking. We are burdened by zero-sum thinking and surrounded by the word ‘can’t.’ Our best way to get unstuck is to follow and stand with visionary leaders that don’t get...
ConveningJune 28, 2022
Date: June 8, 2021
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
A discussion between Wendy Ellis and Laura Huertas Migus about the development, implementation, and learnings from their founding of a truth and racial reconciliation project....
ConveningJune 8, 2021
Date: May 27, 2021
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
In our second episode of #AscendTogether, Anne Mosle was joined by Meera Mani from The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Michael Niyompong from the Mental Health Center of Denver, and Rumeli Banik from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation,...
ConveningMay 27, 2021