After graduating from F&M I earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. I am a demographic researcher at Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.
I am particularly interested in reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. I started F&M in the health professions program, but after my first year I decided it wasn’t the path for me, so I majored in Scientific and Philosphical Studies of Mind and minored in Science, Technology and Society.
I bonded right away with Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society Jim Strick and collaborated in an independent study on psychosocial determinants of pregnancy outcomes in the Amish with Kirk Miller, the B. F. Fackenthal Jr. Professor of Biology. I credit both of them with encouraging me to explore the field of public health and I regularly touch base with both of them.