PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
I am a mixed methods researcher with training in global health and macro social work. My research interests lie in the area of health policy; specifically, I utilize social science theories and methods to understand the politics of health policy in resource-limited settings. This includes investigating industry interference (e.g. tobacco industry, alcohol industry) in public health policymaking, understanding how international and national actors work collectively to advocate for national policy change/implementation, exploring the use of evidence in the policymaking process, and examining factors that foster intersectoral action for health.
Currently, I am the principal investigator of a WHO-funded study aimed at mapping the involvement of the alcohol industry in road safety policies and programs around the world. My research portfolio also includes 1) a study that seeks to uncover the strategies used by advocates during major tobacco control advocacy battles to answer the question why tobacco control policies have been successfully adopted and implemented in some low-and middle-income countries but not others; 2) a multi-country study assessing tobacco control policy compliance; and 3) a study on intersectoral action for health in India using social network analysis.
I am a co-primary instructor for the graduate-level courses: "Policy Advocacy in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: Application for Real World Challenges," and "Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective." I also have experience teaching courses geared towards practitioners including the Global Road Safety Leadership Course.
Most recently, I served as a consultant for the WHO Thailand Country Office.
INTERNATIONAL & US-BASED FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE
Turkey; India; Philippines; China; Ukraine; Indonesia; Uganda; Egypt; Philadelphia; Gulf Coast Mississippi
Honors and Awards
Excellence in Advising Award, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2018
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