PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015
MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
My research focuses on upstream social determinants of health that contribute to health disparities; specifically, I utilize social science theories and methods to explore industry interference (e.g. tobacco industry, alcohol industry, food industry) in public health policymaking, understand how international and national actors work collectively to advocate for national policy change/implementation, and examine factors that foster effective policy enforcement and increase policy compliance.
Currently, I am the principal investigator of a World Health Organization-funded study aimed at mapping the involvement of the alcohol industry in road safety policies and programs around the world as well as a Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded study aimed at assessing the level of compliance with Turkey's smoke-free law in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. 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 examining road safety policy compliance, and 3) a study aimed at exploring the tactics used by a food industry front-group.
I teach three graduate-level courses: "Policy Advocacy in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: Application for Real World Challenges," "Implementation: Making Change Happen in Tobacco Control," 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 World Health Organization, 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