About Me

I am an associate professor in the Department of Implementation Science at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

As an implementation scientist and epidemiologist, I’m passionate about enhancing global health equity with clear programmatic and policy implications for socially marginalized populations, particularly those who engage in sex work and people who use substances.

My research addresses implementation gaps, tests interventions and evaluates impacts on the interrelationships among substance use, including drugs and alcohol, stigma and HIV/HCV/STI in global and domestic settings.

I chair the Substance Use Working Group within the International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA), where I work with regional representatives and program staff from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to generate real-world evidence on substance use and HIV policy and practice.

I received my doctorate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my master’s degree in public health at Tulane University.