I am a PhD candidate in the Evaluation Sciences and Statistics track of the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy. My research interests are centered on the intersection between health and transportation, with a specific focus on the prevention of transportation-related injuries. My dissertation committee is comprised of three wonderful professors: Drs. Hemenway, Glickman, and Soumerai. Prior to coming to Harvard, I published several peer-reviewed articles on bicycle and pedestrian injury costs.
Since 2009, I have worked on bicycle and pedestrian research, advocacy, and policy. I co-wrote the first Pedestrian Safety Report in the City of San Francisco and later the first Cyclist Safety Report in the City of Boston. Throughout my career, I have witnessed cyclist crashes, nursed victims of transportation-related injuries, calculated the cost of their medical care, and collected and analyzed datasets about crashes using trauma center and police data. I have also worked in local, state, and federal agencies with engineers, planners, and public health professionals and have developed a deep understanding of the circumstances and repercussions of bicycle and pedestrian "accidents."
My experiences in these cities have inspired me to pursue a career in public service in the fields of transportation safety and injury prevention. I am interested in expanding my work to safety in other transportation modes, such as aviation. After I complete my PhD, I am aiming for an executive-level position in a local, state, or federal government agency.