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Postdoctoral Scholar, Epidemiology, University of Washington

I am a social epidemiologist interested in investigating strategies to mitigate gender, racial, and class-based inequities in health throughout the life course. I earned my BS in microbiology at the University of Rhode Island in 2008, my MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at Oregon Health & Science University in 2015, and my PhD in epidemiology at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in 2019. For my dissertation, I investigated the impact of precarious tipped-service work on health among reproductive-aged women and estimated the effects of increasing the tipped worker wage on maternal and child health. As a postdoctoral scholar, I am building on my dissertation work by examining the long-term implications of precarious employment later in the life course. Given the role of stress and depression in accelerating cognitive decline, examining the implications of precarious employment for cognitive decline was a natural next step for my research. I am a member of an interdisciplinary team of scientists with a shared mission of conceptualizing a multidimensional measure of employment quality and its impact on health across the life course in the US context.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Research Scientist, Lifespan Biostatistics Core | Rhode Island Hospital
  • 2019–present
    Research Health Science Specialist, VA Portland Health Care System
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Epidemiology, University of Washington
  • 2015–2019
    Graduate Research Assistant, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • 2019–2019
    Research Associate, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • 2013–2015
    Research Assistant/Study Coordinator, VA Portland Health Care System
  • 2014–2015
    Epidemiology Intern, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division
  • 2015–2015
    Research Associate/Study Coordinator, VA Portland Health Care System
  • 2012–2013
    Research Assistant II, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2011–2012
    Senior Research Assistant, Rhode Island Hospital
  • 2009–2011
    Research Assistant, Rhode Island Hospital

Education

  • 2019 
    Oregon Health & Science University - Portland State University School of Public Health, PhD/Epidemiology
  • 2015 
    Oregon Health & Science University, MPH - Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • 2008 
    University of Rhode Island, BS - Microbiology