Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
My research interests include social epidemiology methods and the relationship between lifecourse socioeconomic exposures and aging. My interest in social epidemiology began while assisting a health educator counseling disadvantaged Hispanic immigrants with newly diagnosed diabetes in the San Francisco Bay Area. I continued to explore health disparities in a variety of contexts, including neighborhood access to childhood education and community physical activity in Boston, nutrition patterns in various regions of the US, and social determinants of blood pressure in South African young adults. As a doctoral student, I'm interested in further exploring mechanisms behind such social factors as risk factors for chronic disease, and to reduce biases in the measurement of social determinants of health in diverse aging populations.