I grew up in Ireland and moved to North Carolina in the southern US at a young age. I studied studio art and biology as an undergraduate at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va then studied global health for a Masters in Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Wanting to learn more about comparative effectiveness research, I pursued a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at New York University School of Medicine.
I have always been interested in issues related to women's health-- particularly in understanding and addressing the barriers to healthcare experienced by women and girls in low-resource settings. I am currently a doctoral candidate and translational research fellow at New York University, where I focus on global health and mixed methods translational research--particularly in West and East Africa where I have lived and worked. I am interested in understanding how culture shapes experience with and provides meaning to stigmatizing health conditions, like obstetric fistula, which should inform public health implementation strategies to address these conditions.