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I am currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a concentration in health services administration. Before my enrollment in this program, I earned my bachelor of science degree in exercise science from UB. I became interested in the field of public health through my undergraduate studies when I learned about the relationship between physical activity, environmental factors and health outcomes.
For my MPH field training, I am working with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to conduct tobacco control and policy research. I am also working with UBMD Internal Medicine as a business analyst intern providing operational support to the practice. In addition to graduate school, I have worked as a pharmacy technician and at an assisted living facility, gaining experience with a variety of populations. My ultimate career goal is to stay local and serve as a public health advocate for under served areas across Buffalo, N.Y.
I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, spending time outdoors and baking.
I am currently in the fourth year of my PhD program in Epidemiology and Environmental Health. Before attending UB, I obtained a BSc in food sciences and an MSc in sustainable management of food quality with a specialization in nutrition and organic agriculture. Following both my BSc and MSc degrees, I took time off from studying to gain some practical work experience and to decide on life and career goals. I was drawn to epidemiology while working as a nutrition scientist doing research within the food industry.
As a PhD candidate within the School of Public Health and Health Professions, my dissertation project focuses on food and water insecurity and their effects on child and maternal health in low- and middle-income countries. I work under the guidance of Dr. Laura E. Smith who is the associate director of nutrition at the Zvitambo Institute of Maternal and Child Health Research in Zimbabwe. Having the opportunity to travel to Zimbabwe and to collaborate with Zvitambo scientists on my dissertation has been instrumental in my personal and professional aspirations. I plan to get involved with nutrition and social program development, as well as in policy changes that would contribute to healthier populations, irrespective of country or setting.
I watch Food Insider videos whenever I have free time, because that’s how much I love food. 😊
My research areas of interest include how lifestyle medicine affects mental health and public health, and how factors of race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality and immunity affect one’s well-being. I have many different particular research interests, so I am still managing to figure out exactly what I will specialize in. My goal is to work in project management and development while pursuing research to influence and create positive change for public health policy.
I am pursuing a combined MPH/MSW, and I am in my third year of graduate studies. I attended UB for undergrad where I obtained a BA in psychology, a BA in social sciences and a BA in dance. I started out within the MSW program following undergrad with the intent to pursue clinical counseling work. Throughout my studies and clinical experiences, I have found that I much rather prefer working in research and on the other side of health care, doing more macro work rather than working one-on-one with clients. Currently, I am interning at the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center in downtown Buffalo, coordinating virtual events and developing program management skills. Upon graduating, I plan on applying to a PhD program with the goal of utilizing public health research to impact health care policy.
When I’m not studying or working, I’m either dancing or teaching dance, or hanging with my adorable cat, Lulu!
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