Behavioral health scientist and epidemiologist, I’m a women’s and adolescent health specialist, with a specific focus in HIV, global rights and access to healthcare, and sustainable models for treatment in developing countries. I have a number of years of experience working in adolescent and women’s health, in HIV and reproductive health, sexual behavior and education, access to care, and the impact of abuse, trauma and victimization on health and socioeconomic status.
Born and raised in San Francisco, I remain a steadfast Californian – I love everything about this state and that there is so much to explore about it, though I am equally in love with my adopted home of New York City.
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 also was a professor of global health research methods. 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 now direct strategy, communications, and partnerships for the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF.
I continue to work as a freelance writer and strategic communications consultant, and have been a contracted NIH grant writer. As a UN correspondent I worked with country missions, ambassadors, and press secretaries; as a research reporter for Women Under Siege I codified some of the earliest cases of sexual violence in Syria’s civil war. With bylines and as a ghostwriter, I translate epidemiological, development, and policy research, craft talking points and speeches, and advise on pressers, media strategies, and PR for global health groups and NGOs.
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