PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
BA, Harvard University, 2001
I am a reproductive health behavioral scientist with training in biostatistics, epidemiology, program evaluation and social anthropology. My research has largely centered on perinatal health services research in developing countries. I have several years of research field and programmatic experience designing and evaluating maternal, newborn, and HIV-related health behavioral programs.
Recently, I have been pursuing a new line of research that focuses on the design and evaluation of small-scale economic strengthening activities (entrepreneurship, livelihood, youth savings accounts, cash incentives, and financial or vocational training) to address sexual and reproductive health disparities among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. and in developing countries. I am also interested in the use of mobile and social networking technologies to mitigate economic health disparities. My current research spans across several health disparity populations, including: African-American unstably housed youth, reservation-based Native American adolescents, post-conflict Congolese youth, and Kenyan young adults living in urban slums. My research draws on a combination of research methodologies, including biostatistics, qualitative research, psychometric analysis, and systematic reviews.
Prior International and U.S.-based field work:
Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Thailand, and Bangladesh; Fort Apache, AZ; Baltimore, MD; and Washington D.C.
Languages: English, French
economic-strengthening interventions, asset development, empowerment, poverty reduction health approaches, adolescents, young adults, mHealth, perinatal health, maternal and newborn care, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, homelessness, gender, psychosocial outcomes, biostatistics, qualitative research, social anthropology, mixed methods, implementation research – U.S. minority and underrepresented populations, sub-Saharan Africa
Honors and Awards
Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01), National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2015-2020
Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, JHSPH, Qualitative Research, 2014-2015
NIMHD LRP Award in Health Disparities Research, 2014-2016
NIH HPTN Prevention Scholars Award, 2013-2014
NIH PRIDE Scholars Award in Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2013-2014
Leopold Schepp Foundation Language Training Grant, 2006-2007
Minority Health Training Grant, JHSPH, Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, 2005-2009
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, JHSPH, 2005
Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar Award, 2003-2004