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 strategies used by "harm industries" to undermine public health, the research to policy and action interface, and NCDI interventions involving intersectoral collaboration.
My current research portfolio includes: 1) a study on collective action for health in India utilizing social network analysis, 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 the politics of alcohol control policies.
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 lecturing on policy for other graduate-level courses at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
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