Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
As an assistant professor in NYU’s School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, I study how health communication can improve individual decision making and reduce population health disparities for conditions or behaviors that lead to preventable mortality and morbidity. I received my BA in English from the University of Virginia, MPH in Behavioral Science from Saint Louis University, and PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan.
Historically, I have done work in cancer prevention and clinical trial participation in community-based settings. My research has expanded to include cardiovascular disease broadly, with a particular interest in hypertension-related decision making. In August 2018, I received a 5-year career development award from the NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to explore patient and clinician preferences for hypertension management. Prior to receiving my career development award, I obtained a 2-year diversity supplement from the NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to explore study teams’ awareness and use of recruitment support tools.
I co-direct of the NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI) Recruitment and Retention Core (RRC). In this role, I provide consultations to study teams on ways to enhance recruitment and retention across various clinical trials. My efforts with the CTSI RRC build upon my dissertation research, which focused on minority enrollment in clinical trials. A notable finding from my dissertation research was that minorities are willing to participate in clinical trials and to join a university-based registry when eligible and explicitly invited.
I am an active member of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH), and the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). For SMDM, I serve as the deputy editor for the Society's newsletter. I also serve as an associate editor for two journals: Patient Education and Counseling and Clinical Trials.
PhD from University of Michigan
MPH from Saint Louis University
Patient education & counseling. 2021 Jun; 104(6):1317-1320
Medical decision making. 2021 May 29; 272989X211011101
American journal of managed care. 2021 05 01; 27(5):e141-e144
Hypertension. 2021 Apr 26; HYPERTENSIONAHA12117064
Patient education & counseling. 2021 Feb; 104(2):422-426
Medical decision making. 2020 Dec 15; 272989X20978208
Journal of health communication. 2020 10 02; 25(10):780-789
Hypertension. 2020 Sep 14; HYPERTENSIONAHA12014836