Associate Professor of Epidemiology


I am an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. I received a PhD in epidemiology from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. During my doctoral training, I worked at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 2011, I completed postdoctoral training at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Broadly, my research focuses on substance use epidemiology, infectious diseases, and the social, environmental, and structural determinants of health of urban populations. My research group currently includes six graduate students, three undergraduate students, a project manager, a senior research modeler, a data analyst, and two research assistants.

I am the Principal Investigator of multiple NIH-funded projects, including the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription and Injection Drug Use Study (RAPIDS). As the Scientific Director of PreventOverdoseRI, Rhode Island's drug overdose surveillance and information dashboard, I work closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health to track, measure, and evaluate efforts to address the state's opioid overdose epidemic. I am the inaugural recipient of the National Institute on Drug Abuse "Avenir" award, which supports TITAN, a research program using agent-based modeling to investigate HIV transmission dynamics among people who use drugs. I am also involved in a number of other NIH and CIHR-funded cohort studies of people who inject drugs, street-involved youth, and men who have sex with men (see Publications and Research sections below). I serve as an Associate Editor (Public Health & Epidemiology) of the International Journal of Drug Policy. To date, I have authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters.

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