Researcher, Consultant, and Writer in New York
I completed my doctorate in Health Behavior and Public Health at Columbia University in 2012, where I developed a particular interest in women's health and gender disparities in public health. I have three major focuses - global and domestic reproductive health; international development and capacity building for research and health systems in developing countries; and the impact of sexual assault, sexualized violence and trauma on women. I have research and program practice experience in prevention and intervention research for HIV/STIs, high-risk behavior modification, and the prevalence and presentation of cases of sexualized violence in conflict. After finishing a public health journalism fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia, translating public health research and epidemiological trends into writing and communications for policy, advocacy and programs, I returned to the Golden State. I directed the global health education and training programs at the Stanford University School of Medicine, working with clinicians, researchers, and social scientists on projects in 10+ developing countries in Africa, South America, and Asia; following that, I became managing director of the UCSF-Gladstone NIH-funded Center for AIDS Research, focused on HIV research development and scaling up international partnerships in Eastern and Southern Africa. Now back in New York, I currently serve as the Deputy Director for Implementation for the PHIA Project, a 17 country CDC-funded PEPFAR surveillance project based at ICAP at Columbia, assessing the program's effectiveness in reducing HIV incidence, increasing viral load suppression, and upping the number of HIV-infected persons on treatment.
I continue to work as a freelance writer. I'm a former member of the United Nations press corps, having written for the news agency MediaGlobal, covering the UN with a focus on global health, society and culture, and innovation in the global south. My writing has been featured on sites ranging from Jezebel and Sociological Images to the Gay Men's Health Crisis blog, and I've ghost written for major periodicals on behavioral health economics. I have also been interviewed on television and radio as an expert on adolescent health issues. I love running, politics, and the remarkably innovative solutions of my colleagues addressing emerging complex problems in international development.