in Social Science
15-17 Tavistock Place
My background is in reproductive health, gender-based violence, and research and evaluation with a focus on qualitative methods.
After completing my Masters of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice at the University of Washington (2011), I joined the Policy & Research Group as a Research Analyst, where I evaluated programmes addressing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and reproductive health in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.
Before joining LSHTM, I worked in Ethiopia for 1 year as an Allan Rosenfield Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based in the HIV Prevention Branch, I co-led the qualitative fieldwork for a study of HIV risk among truck drivers and female sex workers (FSWs). I also worked with clinics that serve FSWs, assessing the clinics' needs for violence prevention and response and supporting the development of a new electronic medical record and surveillance system.
Other past work includes research on racial disparities in veterans' healthcare in the U.S. and a quantitative study of associations between domestic violence and maternal and birth outcomes in East Timor.
I tutor and supervise theses for MSc Public Health students and teach on the Applied Communicable Disease Control module, which uses a student-led "problem-based learning" approach.
I'm currently working on the development, pilot cluster RCT and process evaluation of Project Respect, an intervention to prevent violence in dating and relationships among adolescents in the UK.
Other projects include two systematic literature reviews to inform policy and practice and improve health outcomes. A mixed-methods review investigates the impact of criminalisation on sex workers' health, safety and access to services. A review with the LINEA Project explores social norms, attitudes and beliefs underlying child sexual exploitation around the world.
Broadly, my areas of research interest include social and gender norms, violence, sex work and HIV, and areas where these issues intersect.