My research is motivated by my commitment to health equity and my belief in a justice-oriented definition of "value" in health.
I am a decision scientist and health policy researcher dedicated to advancing efficiency and equity in health globally. I aim to maximize the value of limited resources for health by generating evidence on what works and bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice.
At the University of Texas at Austin, I am an Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes in the College of Pharmacy and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (by courtesy) at the Dell Medical School. I am also affiliated with the Texas Center for Health Outcomes Research & Education (TxCORE).
My main research area is behavioral health, including mental illness and substance use disorders such as alcohol misuse. I am especially interested in evaluating and ensuring access to treatments, pharmacotherapies, and population-level interventions that can reduce the health, social, and economic burden of behavioral health conditions and their downstream effects. I have also conducted and continue to do research in other clinical areas such as pediatrics, hepatology, and infectious diseases, among others.
I received my PhD in health services organization and policy (with an emphasis on decision sciences) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health where I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Research Scholar and Rackham Merit Fellow. I also hold graduate and undergraduate degrees in public health from UCSF and Santa Clara University.
I currently live in Austin, Texas, which is the native land of various Indigenous communities, including the Alabama-Coushatta, Caddo, Carrizo/Comecrudo, Coahuiltecan, Comanche, Kickapoo, Lipan Apache, Tonkawa and Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo peoples.