I am an Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies and Biology at Allegheny College. My research and teaching interests, and truly my professional passion, lie at the intersection of public health research and environmental science. Complementing the work of Dr. Darrouzet-Nardi, I conduct disease detective research to understand what causes disease. I've recently become interested in understanding how not knowing what causes a disease impacts human behavior -- do we act differently? change our behaviors as preventative measures? in the absence of information.
At Allegheny College, I teach classes in Epidemiology, Sex and Health, and Global Health Challenges, such as global polio eradication and gun violence. I love teaching and working with student researchers. For the past three years, I have collaborated with more than 20 undergraduate students to complete a community health needs assessment in Crawford County, PA. Our work has been highlighted in the journal Health.
I am excited to involve student researchers and those in my classes in this Zika virus research!
I completed my Master of Public Health degree with a focus on environmental health at Emory University’s Rollin School of Public Health and PhD in epidemiology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Prior to my PhD studies, I worked at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington, DC. As the Director of Environmental Health Policy, my work focused on children's health and the environment, as well as mosquito control.
I lead an active lifestyle as a mom of two kids and enjoy running marathons with my husband.