Research Degree Student
I recently (October 2018) completed my Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from LSHTM's Faculty of Public Health and Policy. My thesis explored the influences on evidence use for global health policy on intermittent preventive malaria treatment at the WHO Global Malaria Programme. I also have an MSc in the control of infectious disease from LSHTM and a BSPH in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Until September 2018, I worked as a Strategy Fellow within the ESRC-funded Antimicrobials in Society (AMIS) Programme, advising and supporting the team with their goal of promoting and producing high-quality social and interdisciplinary research for innovative and insightful solutions to antimicrobial resistance. From 2016-2017, I was the interim manager of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (PHRST) which is a joint £20m endeavour between LSHTM and Public Health England, funded by the UK Department of Health, to respond to and investigate outbreaks that have the potential to become significant global public health events. From 2008-2016, I managed the ACT Consortium, a $40m global research partnership funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to optimise the delivery and use of antimalarials in Africa and Asia. During that time I also helped launch and provided support for the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to the WHO Global Malaria Programme.
At present I am taking a break to consider my future career path options either within or adjacent to academia. My main areas of interest are in exploring: (a) the interfaces between evidence, policy, and politics; (b) the intersection between technology, innovation, and health; and (c) in improving the use of different forms of evidence in public policy and programme decision making, so that policy makers and practitioners can be more strategically agile in effectively responding to complex public health and policy issues.
My DrPH research focuses on the evidence to policy process, in particular on ways to strengthen the use of evidence in policy making.