I am interested in understanding how pregnancy and perinatal health service use impact the health of birthing people throughout their lives. My dissertation research uses a mixed-methods approach to explore when and why people use unscheduled health services, like emergency department visits, in the postpartum period. The findings will provide critical evidence needed to strengthen perinatal health care systems and improve postpartum health outcomes. As a predoctoral trainee at the CPC, my research has focused on family planning, including projects investigating adolescent contraceptive behaviors and structural barriers to family planning use in low- and middle-income countries. Before beginning my doctoral studies, I received my MPH in Global Health Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Perinatal epidemiology; perinatal health services; health equity; mixed-methods research; family planning