PhD, Epidemiology, University of South Carolina (2008)
Master of Arts, Sociology, Georgia Southern University (2001)
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University (1994)
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, MORGANTOWN, WV, USA, 2013 – 2019
2013 – 2019 Professor, Associate Professor, Schools of Medicine, Public Health, & Nursing
Domestic and international research on risk factors associated with HIV, STIs, HCV, and correlates including drug use, homelessness, mental illness. Projects were within the framework of improving care access and health outcomes among disenfranchised groups. Health security focus by exploring the impact of public health on security. Courses taught include infectious diseases epidemiology, surveillance systems, and epidemiologic methods.
Served as Investigator on a patient related HRSA funded grant. Provided methodological and statistical support for various research projects extending across the School. Worked with doctoral (PhD, DNP) students to ensure the appropriate methodological considerations are considered and implemented in translational and clinical research activities, focusing primarily on applied approaches.
2014 – 2017 Director, Coordinating Health Services, Epidemiology
Secured external funding from multiple sources to establish a public health based practice and translational research center exploring health access, health care utilization, and health outcomes among medically fragile and housing unstable persons. Ensure best practices adoption and adherence for clinical and ancillary services. Provide services to persons who are homeless and at increased risk of homelessness to improve overall health outcomes. Populations served include previously incarcerated, mentally ill, drug using and other “at-risk” populations.
2014 – 2016 Graduate Director (PhD and MPH), School of Public Health, Epidemiology
Spearheaded development of curriculum and resolves associated issues. Increased student recruitment by targeting underserved populations. Ensures the academic advisement needs of the student are met.
2013 – 2015 Director, Assessment, School of Public Health
Reported to and evaluated by the Dean, this position is responsible for the process of collecting, organizing and interpreting data for the purposes of initial CEPH accreditation and determining the fidelity of the School of Public Health in meeting its mission, goals, and objectives. Provides recommendations on data to measure the School’s effectiveness, identifying and developing necessary data systems, standardizes definitions for required data elements, coordinates and oversees data collection activities, establishes and maintains procedures for data tracking and storage, conducts an annual analysis of these data to assess performance.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COLUMBIA, SC, USA, 2002 – 2013
2009 – 2013 Director, Research, Internal Medicine
Founded and managed an epidemiologic and clinical & translational research unit in an internal medicine department with eight subspecialties including infectious diseases, rheumatology, dermatology, endocrinology, allergy and immunology, cardiology and general internal medicine. Developed research collaborations between basic scientists and sub-specialty clinicians. Provided methodological and statistical support for various research projects extending across divisions, departments and the University.
2008 – 2013 Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine
International and domestic research focused on HIV/ STIs among injecting and other drug users, homeless, mentally ill, commercial sex workers and other marginalized populations. Responsible for project management, data management, contract negotiations, coordination of division inter-organizational research projects as well as data management and data systems development.
2004 – 2013 Director, Office of Supportive Housing Services, Internal Medicine
Secured external funding from multiple sources to establish a public health-based practice and translational research center exploring health access, health care utilization, and health outcomes among medically fragile and housing unstable persons. Ensure best practices adoption and adherence for clinical and ancillary services. Provide services to persons who are homeless and at increased risk of homelessness to improve overall health outcomes. Populations served include previously incarcerated, mentally ill, drug using and other “at-risk” populations.
2003 – 2004 Director of MCC Clinic, Internal Medicine
As the first director, designed an effective system to provide support to clinicians, patients, and staff. Supervised HIV medical clinic staff and managed clinic operations for the state’s largest HIV clinic. Developed and implemented data collection and service monitoring systems to ensure that care was provided in accordance with public health service guidelines. Additional responsibilities included grant writing and management, data collection and management, reporting, program development and implementation, cost containment.
2002 – 2003 Quality Management Coordinator – Internal Medicine
Created a data collection system to measure and analyze outcomes for health, social service and medical systems for persons with HIV including health care, public health, social service and state corrections programs and staff. Collected and analyzed data for health outcomes, reporting, grant writing and contract development.
Essentials Of Epidemiology In Ap Nursing
Health And Human Rights
S/T: Introductory Biostatistics
S/T: Outbreaks, Epidemics, And Pandemics
EPID 771 Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
EPID 753 AIDS Epidemiology
EPID 663 Public Health Surveillance Systems
PUBH 605 Introduction to Global Health
EPID 711 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
EPID 712 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology
EPID 611 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
EPID 612 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
infectious diseases (emerging, re-emerging, HIV, STIs, viral hepatitis, TB)
substance use disorders (injection drugs, overdose)
sexual minority health
natural langugage processing
computational methods for risk & disease identification
2007 – Present Consultant – National Institute for Health Development, Tallinn Estonia
Research collaboration focused on infectious diseases epidemiologic translational research activities in the field of HIV including HIV rapid testing pilot project, partner counseling and referral services, public health based case management system design and HIV prevention interventions among injecting drug users, inmates, men who have sex with men and their drug using and sexual partners.
FUNDING (SELECTED COMPETITIVE RESEARCH & EVALUATION)
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
2016 – 2018 Principal Investigator, Coordinated Entry & Assessment to Improve Health
Outcomes, US Housing & Urban Development. 2 Year Award: $302,732
2015 – 2018 Co-Investigator, Interprofessional Collaboration for Vulnerable Acute
Care Patients. US Health Services & Research Administration. 3 Year Award: $1,490,952
2015 – 2018 Principal Investigator, Increasing Service Connection for Persons with HIV,
Housing & Urban Development. 3 Year Award: $405,000
2015 – 2017 Principal Investigator, Health Outcomes and Service Utilization of High Needs
Populations, WV Division of Health and Human Resources, 2 Year Award: $100,000
2014 – 2018 Principal Investigator, Housing First Intervention for High Risk Populations. US
Housing & Urban Development, 4 Year Award: $1,997,659
2014 – 2018 Principal Investigator, Rapid ReHousing to Improve Health Outcomes among Rural Populations, Housing & Urban Development, 4 Year Award: $509,964
2013 – 2016 Co-Investigator, Outpatient Early HIV Intervention Services, US DHHS, Health Resources & Services Administration, 3 Year Award Total: $992,819
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
2010 – 2013 Principal Investigator, HIV Prevention, Education and Training Program for Estonian National Defense Forces, US Department of Defense, 3 Year Award: $975,000
2005 – 2013 Principal Investigator, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services for Persons with HIV, SC Department of Health & Environmental Control, 8 Year Award: $410,000
2008 – 2013 Principal Investigator, Integrating Research into Homeless Services (IRIHS), City of Columbia, SC, 5 Year Award: $2,250,000
2004 – 2013 Principal Investigator, HIV Care Services, Housing & Urban Development, 9 Year Award: $2,750,000
2009 – 2011 Principal Investigator, Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention, Housing & Urban Development, 2 Year Award: $98,500
2007 – 2009 Principal Investigator, Case Management Services for Persons with Disabilities, Housing & Urban Development, 2 Year Award: $157,000
2008 – 2009 Principal Investigator, National Infectious Diseases Research, Tervise Arengu Instituut, 1 Year Award: $16,284
2002 – 2005 Investigator, Medical Care and Evaluation of Services for Persons with HIV
US Health Resources & Services Administration, 3 Year Award: $4,750,000, 100% salary support
Infectious Diseases Society of America, member
American College of Epidemiology, member
American Statistical Association, member