I believe that public health can be enhanced with empathy-driven research that prioritizes peoples' needs, values, and experiences.
I'm currently a PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering at University of Washington and faculty member and Research Associate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. As part of my PhD, I am interested in applying human centered design methods towards improving product development, global health coverage measurement, and data visualization for decision-making.
I am an experience qualitative and quantitative researcher that helps optimize global health programs and policies. I have developed curriculum and teach how to optimize data visualizations for global health audiences. I love teaching, and I have trained over 400 individuals in visualizing global health data. I am currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant for University of Washington's HCDE 517 Usability Research course.
In my spare time, I juggle several creative side hustles. I previously was a semi-successful* lifestyle blogger and interviewed creatives (designers, entrepreneurs, etc.) on their current obsessions. I run an Etsy shop, where I sell handmade candles to seltzer admirers (and those trying to woo seltzer admirers). In 2018 I founded Yum Index with a friend, and we are releasing a series of data-centric food journals. We published our first book, Pizza Metrics, in September 2019 and second book, Donut Metrics, in June 2021. I enjoy baking enough to start a pun-y COVID-19 online baking group called Great Pandemic Bake Off.
Originally from Illinois, I live in Seattle with my dog Cody. Cody has the body of a corgi and the fur of a sheltie. However, he is neither a corgi or a sheltie. Cody is a true super mutt.
*defined by getting free stuff