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About Me

I am starting as an Associate Policy Researcher for the RAND Corporation in August 2017. 

I recently received my doctorate at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and work as a data analyst for New York University Langone Medical Center's Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation section. Before enrolling in the doctoral program, I received both an M.S. in Policy Analysis and Management and a B.S. with honors in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

My research interests are in health policies related to obesity, substance abuse, pharmaceutical use, and other health behaviors. I use theoretical frameworks and research methods from health economics, policy analysis and public health.

My dissertation examines the relationship between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the food environment and childhood obesity. My job market paper examines the effect of access to SNAP-authorized store locations on childhood weight outcomes for New York City public school students. The paper can be found here