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 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 health policy; this includes investigating the influence of corporations on health policymaking in resource-limited settings, understanding how international and national actors work collectively to advocate for national policy change, exploring the use of evidence in the policymaking process, and examining the factors that foster intersectoral action for health.
My current research portfolio includes: 1) a study aimed at investigating why tobacco control policies were successfully adopted and implemented in some low-and middle-income countries but not others; 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