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.

See my academic research, policy analysis, projects, or full CV. I occasionally blog at Acting, Fast and Slow.

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, andĀ AVSI Field Coordinator and Development Officer, Psychosocial Program, 1999-2001

Kosovo: AVSI Psychosocial program manager, 1999

Educational qualifications

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