Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I received my PhD in Epidemiology and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology in 2013 from the University of Florida. I completed my MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Louisville in 2009, and my BA in Political Science and Marketing from the University of North Texas in 2005. During my doctoral studies, I was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Florida Office on Disability and Health, an affiliated scholar with the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, and a student-inducted member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. In 2016, I received a Graduate Certificate in Predictive Analytics from the University of Maryland University College, and a Certificate in Big Data and Social Analytics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I previously held professional staff positions in the Louisville Metro Health Department and the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department. I spent three years as a Project Epidemiologist for the Florida Office on Disability and Health at the University of Florida. I also served as an Environmental Science Officer in the United States Army Reserves from 2009 to 2013. I currently serve on the Tarrant County Elder Abuse Task Force and the Tarrant County Falls Prevention Task Force, Tarrant County, Texas.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have experience teaching a variety of courses. I have previously taught Theoretical Foundation of Individual and Community Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, Epidemiology of Aging, Public Health and Aging, and Advanced Methods in Epidemiology. I currently teach Introduction to Data Management and Statistical Computing.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). I became an NIA Butler-Williams Scholar in 2014, and that same year I was awarded the Leighton E. Cluff Aging Research Award.
My research is broadly focused on healthy aging and health-related quality of life. Specifically, I have published research focusing on preservation of physical and cognitive function, living/aging with disability, and understanding/preventing elder abuse. Additionally, I have a strong background and training in epidemiologic methods and predictive analytics. I have been principal or co-investigator on multiple trials and observational studies in community and health care settings. I am currently the principal investigator on multiple data-driven federally funded projects that utilize technological solutions to public health issues in novel ways.
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