About me

Let's make tomorrow better.

My work is grounded in the truth that our world is full of injustices that must be corrected. Epidemiologists play a critical role in defining problems and designing studies to identify impactful solutions. By combining social sciences insights with statistical and computational tools, I hope to improve the brain health across the globe. To achieve this goal, we will need to address poverty, education, access to healthcare, and discrimination (esp. racism). We also need to understand the aging brain and find effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Let's work together to make tomorrow better.

Scientific Areas

Resilience to Alzhemier's disease and related dementias

My F99/K00 funded work is based in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities - Neurocognitive Study (ARIC-NCS). I am involved with the Reserve and Resilience conference and ISTAART reserve/resilience PIA.

Genetics and -omics

I am currently working with proteomic data collected via SomaLogic. I am part of the CHARGE (NeuroCHARGE working group) and PAGE (obesity, race/ancestry, and methods working groups) consortia.

Kidney Paired Donation (KPD)

As part of my work with the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation, I support the research efforts of the National Kidney Registry (NKR) which is the largest KPD network in the world.

Solid Organ Transplantation in the US

I have a diverse experience in outcomes research centered in in the US solid organ transplantation system. This work is done with ERGOT and others.

mHealth

I am involved with several completed and ongoing clinical trials that employ mHealth tools to address chronic conditions. This includes HIV (with the Rakai study) and kidney disease (mKidney).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

As a first-generation college graduate, I have benefited from significant investment and mentorship.To pay it forward, I serve on the Shepherd Alumni Board at Washington and Lee University, the DEI and student/postdoc committees for the Society for Epidemiologic Research, and several volunter positions focused on mentoring.

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