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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and a member of the Center for Biostatistics at The Ohio State University. I earned my PhD in Biostatistics from The Ohio State University in 2015. I joined the faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2021.
Public health surveillance involves the analysis and interpretation of health-related data essential to planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health policy and practice. My research is focused on developing biostatistical methodology to overcome challenges in public health surveillance and address key problems in population health and epidemiology. Specifically, I work on developing multivariate Bayesian hierarchical models for spatio-temporal disease mapping that leverage multiple sources of data to address complex, difficult to measure social and epidemiological problems, like the opioid epidemic. Through my research, I have developed expertise in small area estimation, spatio-temporal methods, multivariate modeling, and Bayesian methods. I am committed to collaborating with subject area experts so that we can leverage our collective expertise to best address challenging scientific questions of interest.