Currently I serve as an ORISE Fellow with CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response where I conduct quantitative and qualitative public health research, assist in the development of a practice-driven research agenda, link research to improved practice and outcomes, and create translation products (see example below).
I have worked with DSTDP’s Program Development and Quality Improvement Branch (PDQIB) to evaluate Training and TA provided as part of the AAPPS FOA and the NNPTC FOA.
I have NIH and NSF-funded research experience on the impact of Atlanta Housing Authority elimination on resident’s health and well-being. During the project I worked with a team to conduct interviews in the field, perform built-environment assessments and clean data.
My dissertation research looks, most generally, at racial breastfeeding disparities. I address this specifically by looking at the lactation consultant as the site of intervention. The Surgeon General has emphasized increasing the number of minority lactation consultants (IBCLCs) as a crucial step for reducing breastfeeding disparities. Through qualitative interviews with IBCLCs across the nation, I look at barriers to certification for IBCLCs of color, their experiences with employment discrimination and their reports of continued discrimination toward patients of color.
I have served as an instructor in the Sociology department at Georgia State University where I was also rewarded the competitive Teaching Associate position. Click link to access portfolio.
I wrote and managed the production of an animation that summarizes work our office funded on Health Sector Resilience. This animation, based on the collaborative work of UPMC and CDC, was used to summarize the key findings from qualitative interviews following Hurricane Sandy. The accompanying publication provides tasks for specific health sector organizations to improve resilience in their organization and community.