Research Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
I examine the mechanisms by which poverty impacts health. My collaborators and I use agent-based models to examine factors that may explain the observed association between area-level poverty and high influenza rates. I also use simulations as a virtual laboratory in which to assess the impact of alternative policies on health. As a core faculty member of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, I engage in highly multi-disciplinary research collaboration with epidemiologists, computational scientists, and health policy researchers. My goals are to document the mechanisms responsible for unequal levels of illness and death between socio-economic sub-groups of the population, and to thereby ensure that disparities are front-and-center in routine public health planning as well as in pandemic preparedness planning.
- MPH, PhD