PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington MBHL, Bioethics and Health Law, University of Otago, New Zealand (Fulbright award) BA, Molecular Biology, Pomona College
Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA
I am an investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, where my research focus is improving cancer screening, care, and survivorship. My new project is inspired, in part, by my volunteer work after college. I helped in the pediatric ward of a hospital. Working with children and families I saw how play distracted them from the stress of being in the hospital. As a lover of pets, I find animals to be incredible companions. After learning about the Pet Partners program and promising preliminary work in Canada, I decided to include animal-assisted activities for children with cancer in my research program.