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I am a lecturer (assistant professor) in the economics department at the University of Melbourne and a research fellow at the Life Course Centre.  

My work focuses on issues of economic development and poverty. Broadly, I am interested in how health, particularly psychological health, relates to poverty. I have several studies that investigate the population-wide effects of AIDS risk, and its reduction due to antiretroviral therapy (ART), on economic decision-making and welfare.  My current projects explore the effects of mental health on decision-making using randomized controlled trials. I am also incorporating novel biometric data collection, for example cortisol measures from hair samples, to enhance our understanding of mechanisms. 

I received my BA in economics and mathematics from Barnard College in 2007 and my PhD from the University of Chicago in 2013. After completing my BA, I spent one year as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

research interests:
development, behavioral economics, health & human capital, psychology and economics, applied microeconomics