My passion is facilitating the use of data for improved decision making. I have seen that the proliferation of data has not spontaneously led to easily usable information. The emergent way in which data have become available presents unique challenges requiring creative solutions - which I find most fulfilling to pursue. My interests include data visualization, analysis of high dimensional data, and assessing the effectiveness of programs and policies with non-randomized data.
Prior to joining Cooper/Smith, I served as a health economist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) global HIV program. In that role I supported a variety of activities. I led a cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of an HIV outreach, test, treat, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program in Thailand. I also supported a modeling exercise in Namibia to demonstrate the substantial progress against HIV which was made by prior investments, as well as recommendations on additional gains which could be made with further optimization of spending. Finally, I was global coordinator of the PEPFAR Expenditure Analysis where my I focused on data management, analysis, visualization, and reports generation from a multitude of program, financial, and epidemic data. The end goal was always to produce the highest quality, most user-friendly data and tools for diverse audiences.
I obtained an MPH from Emory University and a BA in Anthropology from University of Florida. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Washington.