I am currently a research scientist for a healthcare consultancy. In this role, I work with key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry, including patients, caregivers, patient advocacy organizations, and clinicians to develop and validate patient-reported outcome (PRO), observer-reported outcome (ObsRO), and clinician-reported outcome (ClinRO) measures qualitatively through interviews and surveys. This works helps to ensure what matters most to patients’ and caregivers’ daily lives is considered and included when assessing the outcomes of treatments.
This work draws on my background as a graduate student from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago where I completed my PhD in psychological anthropology. My own research has focused on youth development, particularly how educational and religious institutions impact the well-being and identity development of children and adolescents. Employing a range of methods, theories, and perspectives, this research has taken me from conducting experimental social psychology studies, to recording and coding parent–child interactions, and—more recently—to multiple years of ethnographic fieldwork in northern Thailand where I conducted research with boys and young men who temporarily ordained as Buddhist novice monks for several years.
In my spare time, I also do web development work and write about various topics.