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Recent Updates & Upcoming Talks: 
  • Jul 31-Aug 4: I'll again be teaching SNA through ICPSR, but this time, in Boulder!
  • Jun 5-9: I'll be teaching SNA again at Columbia's summer "EPIC" program. The course is scholarship eligible.
  • Apr 24: A pre-print version of our paper on degree distributions is up at Network Science.
  • Apr 6: I'm speaking as part of a symposium on "The Power of Informatics to Advance Health" at CU's Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Feb 9: I'm giving a talk at the UC-Irvine Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.
  • Jan 26: I'll be giving a talk at the Biostatistics & Informatics networks group on the Anschutz campus.
  • Oct 28 ('16): A new book (Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaboration) came out including a chapter from IDEAS, my project with Ryan Light.
  • Apr 3 ('16): My paper with Ryan Light on the evolution of topic models in AIDS/JAIDS is out in Scientometrics.
  • Mar 8 ('16): My paper with David Schaefer on smoking prevalence's moderation of network-based intervention effects is out in JHSB.
    About me: 
    I am an Associate Professor (pre-tenure) in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. I also currently serve as director of our undergraduate programs in Public Health.

    You can find more details about my publications, primary research projects and teaching interests from the links at left. Broadly, my research revolves
    around addressing how networks constrain or promote the diffusion of information and/or diseases through populations. Much of this work has focused on HIV/AIDS in "high risk" populations in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, I have spent more time examining the integrative patterns and processes in problem-focused areas of science that draw from many academic disciplines (e.g., HIV/AIDS, demography, the environment). 

    In addition, I have a primary interest in using social network theory to improve strategies used in the design and implementation of primary data collection projects. To date, this interest has led to my involvement in projects in Malawi, South Africa and New York City.

    Before coming to UCD, I was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and affiliate of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University, and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, where I was affiliated with the Center for Population Dynamics and the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity. Before that, I spent two years funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University, completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University, and received my BA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from Virginia Tech.