DrPH, University of California at Berkeley, 2011
MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 2005
I am a health systems researcher focused on low- and middle-income countries, with experience in evaluation and health policy research. My areas of interest lie in evidence-informed decision-making, understanding the factors the influence policy development over time and across settings, and most recently, programmatic transition. My primary expertise lies in qualitative approaches, with additional experience in the use of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative approaches). My educational background is in political science and global health, and my goal is to bridge the divide between these two disciplines by bringing a political lens to the study of public health decision-making.
I am a co-investigator on several projects with health systems implications, including piloting a tool to assess capacities of Ministries of Health to demand and use research evidence, a multi-country study for a policy to address childhood mortality, evaluating the transition of a large-scale HIV prevention project in India from donor support to the local government, and development of a guide for the monitoring and evaluation of transition. My research activities have taken place in various countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
Honors and Awards
Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 – 2011
Grossman Award, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
Annual Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship, 2010
Public Health Alumni Association Scholarship, 2010