I’m a Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) researcher using open science tools and an exploratory data analytic approach to investigate issues of equity across space and time. I use applied geographic data science, quasi-experimental econometrics, and statistics to seek policy-driven, systems-integrating solutions.
My research centers on how “place” impacts health outcomes in different ways, for different people. Active projects include:
- Calculating Multidimensional Metrics for Social Determinants of Health
- Identifying Neighborhood-Level Health Effects of Air Pollution in Urban Areas
- Defining and Ranking Opioid Risk Environments in Rural Areas
- Social-Spatial Network Analytics for HIV Populations in Urban Areas
I’m the Assistant Director of Health Informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science at University of Chicago, where I also teach full time as a Lecturer in Geographic Information Science.
A lot of people ask me how I found my place studying “place.” I was trained as a geologist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I was lucky enough to learn from the Greats of Field Geology including Stephen Marshak, Kurt Burmeister, Craig Lundstrom, and Stephen Hurst. There I caught the love for the detective chase in decoding complex phenomena with scientific thinking, careful data preparation, and rigorous process.
I learned GIS at the Illinois State Geological Survey, and then interned at the US Geological Survey center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
After a few years of travel, writing, and career exploration, I exported my database and writing skills to the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, where I learned from an incubator-like community of public health scientists and medical researchers. I pursued a M.S. in GIS, and finally found my way to the Ph.D program at Arizona to work with the Anselin group.
I also enjoy writing lyrical nonfiction and poetry, and received my M.F.A. in writing from Roosevelt in 2011. I love my records almost as much as my terminal, as well as my family, Polish poster art, travel whenever possible, and mountain hikes.