My work examines the social, contextual, and structural causes of poor mental health, intimate partner violence, and low empowerment of women. The over-arching focus of my research is to inform the design of programs and policies through the generation of high-quality evidence on the underlying causes of these health conditions. My research is conducted in low-resource settings, including Southeast Asia and Africa, as well as among disadvantaged populations in high-resource settings.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University. Before joining Emory, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University. I hold a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University, a Masters of Public Health from Oregon Health & Sciences University, and a BA from Oberlin College. Before pursing an academic career, I worked for over a decade in the violence prevention, substance abuse, and community development fields in the US and Namibia.