PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
I am a mixed methods researcher with training in public health and macro social work. My research aims to understand the social determinants of non-communicable diseases and injuries (NCDI) for the purpose of improving health and well-being of underserved communities around the world. Specifically, I am interested in utilizing social science theories and methods to understand the politics of NCDI policies including the influence of multinational corporations on health policymaking, and NCDI interventions involving intersectoral action.
My current research portfolio includes: 1) a study on tobacco control policy advocacy in low-and middle-income countries; 2) a multi-country study evaluating the implementation of evidence-based road safety interventions in 10 low-and middle-income cities; and 3) a study on intersectoral action for health in India using social network analysis.
Currently, I am one of the co-primary instructors for the graduate-level course "Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective," which received a rating of "excellent" from students in fall of 2016. I also have experience teaching other global health courses including policy analysis.
Honors and Awards
- Global Health Established Field Placements Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2010
- Robert E. Davies Award for Remarkable Achievements in Social Change, Penn Professional Women’s Network and Penn Women’s Center, 2008
- Dr. Ruth E. Smalley Award in International Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice, 2007