I am a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing (URI CON). My research focuses on unintentional injuries, specifically bicycle/pedestrian injuries and overdoses. I am an awardee of the Pilot Project grant from the Center for Biomedical Reasearch Excellence on Overdose (COBRE) at Rhode Island Hospital. I am currently studying overdoses in motor vehicles using EMS and police data. Click here for more information on the study:https://youtu.be/NyD139OfdIM
Much of my career has focused on preventing bike and pedestrian injuries as well as opioid overdoses. I have worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Providence on these issues. I have had the opportunity to view these injuries from various perspectives because of the experiences I have had in research, government, and community settings.
I currently teach the senior-level undergraduate course in Community Health Nursing at URI CON. I cover a broad range of topics, including community health planning and evaluation, epidemiological principles, disaster management, injury and violence, and infectious diseases. I enjoy working with students and have a particular interest in academic initiatives that support students of color.
I hold a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, as well as dual master's degrees in Nursing and Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. For my service to the public, I have earned various prestigious awards, including the Presidential Public Service Fellowship at Harvard, the Chancellor's Public Service Award at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Commissioner's Commendation Award at the Boston Police Department.