Global Health and Development Researcher and Strategic Communications Consultant in San Francisco, California
I completed my doctorate in Health Behavior and Public Health at Columbia University in 2012, where I focused my training on HIV, women's health and disparities, and how those issues interplay with health systems. I have three major focuses - reproductive health; international development and capacity building for health systems in developing countries; and the impact of sexualized violence and trauma. 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. I completed a public health journalism fellowship at Columbia, where I was trained to translate public health research and epidemiological trends into messaging and communications for policy, advocacy and programs.
Following this, I directed the global health education and training programs at the Stanford School of Medicine, working with clinicians and researchers to develop and launch projects in 10+ developing countries in Africa, South America, and Asia; I then 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. I subsequently served as the Deputy Project Director for Implementation for the PHIA Project, a CDC-funded PEPFAR surveillance project spanning 13 sub-Saharan countries at ICAP at Columbia, assessing PEPFAR's contributions to reducing HIV incidence, increasing viral load suppression, and upping the number of HIV-infected persons on treatment. In each of these roles, I oversaw project partnerships with foreign governments, ministries of health, federal agencies, and partners in country.
I continue to work as a freelance writer and strategic communications consultant. I'm a former member of the United Nations press corps, having written for the news agency MediaGlobal, working with permanent country missions and ambassadors, and developed strong working relationships with other journalists. My writing has been featured on sites ranging from Jezebel to Sociological Images to the Gay Men's Health Crisis blog, I've ghost written for major periodicals on health economics, and contributed chapters to academic texts. I consult on global health and development crisis communications, media messaging, and relationships management for universities and NGOs.