Sarah Valaika, MS, is a program coordinator at the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR), part of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. At CFAAR, Sarah works on early childhood initiatives and is actively collaborating with Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) on the development of an online food allergy training program for early childhood professionals. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with children, families, and providers in early childhood programs, including 10 years of experience teaching in higher education and professional development settings. Sarah earned a master’s in child development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago and is working toward a certificate in infant mental health. She has 15 years of experience with “boots on the ground” prevention and management of multiple life-threatening food allergies for one of her four children.
(Biography last updated: 2022)