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. Fundamentally, though, I remain the gender studies student I became as a youngster, constantly looking through the lens of socialization and identification – for both men and women – and how these socialized identities play into our mental, physical, and emotional health. This underscores my interest in the intersection of gender, social identity, public health and health behaviors.
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 attended the University of Southern California, and subsequently graduated from Columbia with my doctorate in Health and Behavior with a specialization in women’s and adolescent health. This is also where I completed my master’s degree in sexual and reproductive health education. I was previously a Communicating Health and Epidemiology Fellow (CHEF) in the Epidemiology department at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia, where my research and work focused on the best ways to translate epidemiological research, public health and socioeconomic research into effective communication for advocacy, policy, and education purposes. Formerly the director of the global health education and training programs at the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford and professor of global health research methods, I also worked as a freelance United Nations and global health correspondent for MediaGlobal, a non-profit news agency dedicated to the developing world. I covered health, social and cultural issues in the global south that are being addressed within the UN and its bodies, departments and partners. I then managed the Center for AIDS Research, a National Institutes of Health center at UCSF and the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, which supports both domestic and international translational, interdisciplinary and epidemiological HIV research. Back in New York, I now am the Deputy Project Director for the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment project at ICAP a Columbia University, a CDC funded five year assessment of PEPFAR’s funding in 13 developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and its impact on incidence and viral load suppression. A lifelong activist, I currently work with Spark and Planned Parenthood of NYC, and serve on the board of The Komera Project, in volunteer and pro-bono roles in communications, fundraising and evaluation.
My writing has appeared in Sociological Images, Jezebel, MediaGlobal, About-Face, Feministing Community Blog, The 2×2 Project, and various blogs. I also work as a ghost writer for columnists and contributors of web and print magazines on topics of healthcare financing, policy, and behavioral economics.
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