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COVID-Modeling Team Work - Since March, I've been working with a team modeling various aspects of SARS-COV-2 spread and other aspects of COVID-19 response for the state of Colorado. I'm collecting those updates together here:

Recent Updates & Upcoming Talks:

  • July 20-22: I am co-organizing (w/ David Lazer) a satellite to the summer Sunbelt XL (social network) meetings sponsored by INSNA. Our full schedule is now available.
  • July 1: Our commentary (w/ Andrea Buchwald, David Bortz, & Beth Carlton) on COVID-19 modeling is posted at the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
  • June 24: I gave a lecture in the Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality Training Program from our IDEAS project, using network/text analysis of interdisciplinary fields to examine how mental health fits into population health.
  • June 15: I presented in CU-Denver's Open Course on COVID-19, on how to avoid misinformation / misinterpreting data in a pandemic. The recorded session is available here.
  • May 18-22: I led an SNA workshop through ICPSR online.
  • Apr 23: Ryan Light and I have some estimates of scientific mobilization on COVID-19 now available in Contexts. We previously posted a pre-print version on SocArXiv.
  • Apr 8: My quick "explainer" for many people likely encountering epidemiological models for the first time is up at The Society Pages.
  • Mar 15: I wrote a follow-up post on "flattening the curve" for the IAPHS blog.
  • Mar 7: I posted a piece on Medium about COVID-19 response and misinformation.
  • Mar 4: We (along w/ Elizabeth Lawrence, Joshua Goode, David Schaefer, and Stefanie Mollborn) posted a version of our paper on the network influence & homophilous selection of "health lifestyles" to SocArXiv.
  • Jan 24: A paper on peer influence of religious mosaics (with David Schaefer & Andrea Ettekal) is now available in JSSR; we previously posted a preprint of this paper at SocArXiv.

About me:

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. I recently wrapped up a 3.5-year term as director of our undergraduate programs in Public Health.

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 among 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. Check out my recent book!

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 (sadly, now defunct) 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 (also since disbanded) at Columbia University, completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University, and received my BA (Interdisciplinary Studies) from Virginia Tech.