I’m the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation for an international humanitarian organization, the International Rescue Committee: a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy. I’m also a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population of the Harvard School of Public Health.
My work aims to improve humanitarian policy and programs through rigorous research, and much of my current work develops and evaluates programs that prevent and respond to violence.
My research focuses on sexual and gender based violence against women, children and youth in armed conflict, and psychosocial programs for victims of wartime and sexual violence.
Prior research positions
Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University School of Public Health in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), 2008-09
Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU School of Medicine in the Program for Survivors of Torture, 2007-08
Prior humanitarian experience
Southern Sudan: AVSI Education consultant, 2004-2006
Northern Uganda: AVSI Psychosocial consultant for monitoring and evaluation of children in armed conflict programs, 2002-2004, and AVSI Field Coordinator and Development Officer, Psychosocial Program, 1999-2001
Kosovo: AVSI Psychosocial program manager, 1999
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2007
Visiting Scholar, Human Rights Center, University of California-Berkeley, 2006
B.A., Elementary Education, Grove City College, 1996