Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
My research is motivated by a commitment to reducing tobacco-related health disparities, with a focus on smokers with mental health conditions and smokers living in poverty—two populations with persistently high rates of tobacco use. As an Assistant Professor of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, I study gaps in tobacco treatment for smokers with psychiatric diagnoses and develop programs to enhance the implementation of tobacco use treatment into behavioral health settings. My research also aims to understand economic determinants and costs of tobacco use and to develop programs that reduce financial insecurity as a barrier to cessation in low-income populations. In pursuit of these aims, I have received funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Robin Hood Foundation, and the Lerner Health Promotion Innovation Award Program.
In addition to my research, I teach the Department's Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Science course and serve as Director of the Department's Early Career Faculty Peer Network Program.
I received my BS in psychology from the University of California San Diego, an MPH in health services management from the University of California Los Angeles, and a DrPH in health policy and management from the CUNY Graduate Center. I also received training in implementation science from the VA’s Center for Implementation Practice & Research Support.
I am an active member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), and Academy Health. I serve on the Disparities Committee for SRNT and the Advisory Committee for the Behavioral Health Services Research Interest Group at Academy Health.
DrPH from CUNY Graduate Center
MPH from University of California
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