Much of my work involves the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions, especially technology-based interventions, for people who use drugs and other groups at risk for or affected by blood-borne disease. I also conduct research to examine how multi-level contextual factors influence people's vulnerability and resilience to the negative health impacts of drug use, as well as their responses to public health interventions. Over the course of my career in public health, I have served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous federally-funded studies with a broad range of drug-using populations and other vulnerable groups, including young adults who use opioids, people who inject drugs, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, migrant Puerto Ricans in New York City and chronic pain patients. I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty at CUNY SPH, I was Director of the Center for Technology and Health and a Principal Investigator at National Development and Research Institutes in New York City. In addition to my primary position at CUNY SPH, I am also an Affiliated Investigator with the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at the NYU School of Global Public Health and an Affiliated Investigator with the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.
PhD in Anthropology (Minor in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies) from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
MA in Anthropology from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
BA in Anthropology and Art History (double major) from New York University, New York, NY
Mixed methods, qualitative and ethnographic research methods; development and evaluation of behavioral interventions; digital health interventions; opioid use/misuse and Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder; social epidemiology of drug use and HIV/HCV; sociocultural contexts of risk and prevention; immigrant/migrant health