I am a social scientist with a background in psychology, human development, family studies, and medical anthropology. Prior to this, I managed a large rural health intervention and explored the social factors that affect the implementation of health programs, including the role of rural community members and lay health workers, and the impact of administrative, societal, historical, and political local concerns.
My experience in the non-academic world has been in the area of intimate partner violence, as an advocate for victims/survivors.
My current research interest is in using qualitative methods to examine how decisions related to family health are made at the level of the household and community; to identify factors that contribute to intra- and inter-household variations and inequalities in health outcomes; and to use this information to (a) design health programs that are contextually appropriate and locally acceptable, and (b) propose implementable health policy initiatives.
Disclosure of a cancer diagnosis in India: Does family matter? Asia Pacific Cancer Conference, Bali, Indonesia. Awarded Best Poster (August 2015).
- Academic stress and adolescent distress. Emerging Adulthood Conference, Tucson, AZ (February 2007).
- Family relationships and adolescent adjustment. National Council on Family Relations Conference, Minneapolis, MN (November 2006).
- Financial well-being: Descriptors and pathways. Western Social Science Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ (April 2006).
- Gender, status, and “power”: The relationship between job status, and household labor and financial decision-making. National Council on Family Relations Conference, Orlando, FL (November 2004).