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I am a social demographer and population health researcher, drawing on demographic, regression, and structural equation modeling methods to document the many dimensions and mechanisms through which individuals’ social identities and circumstances affect their health and wellbeing. I am also a medical sociologist, interested in better understanding and evaluating the conceptualization, definition, and measurement of health, illness, and disease in medicine and research. In bridging these two perspectives, my work not only develops theoretical frameworks underlying the multiple meanings of health in our society, but also empirically examines these theories and models and their implications for our knowledge of population health.
I am currently a Program Officer with the Committee on Population at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. I am also a Research Affiliate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to my current position I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Population Research Center and Center on Aging and Population Science at The University of Texas at Austin. I received my PhD in Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having received my BA in Sociology at The University of Chicago and then worked at NORC as a Research Analyst.
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