Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


I am a Professor in the Departments of Health Services Policy & Practice and Obstetrics and Gynecology. I received my Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. I am a survey methodologist whose substantive areas of interest are in the fields of health services utilization and vulnerable populations. The overarching theme of my research is to better understand the individual, social, and environmental barriers and facilitators to health and well-being among individuals who have traditionally experienced disparities in overall health status and access to high quality health care.

I am the Director of the School of Public Health Survey Research Center. In that capacity, I have extensive experience in questionnaire development, psychometric analyses, and data collection methodologies. I also have several years of experience with qualitative methods, including the use of focus groups and individual semi-structured interviews. I have been responsible for leading data collection and analysis activities for several large-scale, multidisciplinary projects. I frequently use mixed methods approach to address health-related issues facing vulnerable populations.

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