PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2017
MPH, Yale University, 2010
BS, University of California, Irvine, 2008
My scholarship is driven by a focus to advance health equity through the lens of planning for food systems and healthy communities. I use mixed-methods to examine the structural roots driving disparities in healthy food access and nutrition related problems. To inform more sustainable solutions and policy, I work in partnership with civil society actors and government agencies to build on community assets and strengths.
As part of a multi-country project in the Global South, I lead an interdisciplinary research team to mitigate food and health inequities of small-scale farmers experiencing urbanization and climate change pressures in Kerala, India. In the US context, I directed a study to strengthen linkages between neighborhood revitalization efforts and community health through more place- and health-conscious redevelopment strategies in Baltimore, MD.
Honors and Awards
2019- Bloomberg Endowed Professorship of American Health in Obesity and the Food System
2012-2017 Brown Community Health Scholars Program