I’ve worked at the interface of science and policy, first as a professor and then as Vice President of Research for a policy organization. Over time, I've learned that science isn't enough to inform policy. My passion includes both doing science and improving the impact of science in the real world. Science By Design does this by linking scientists with creatives to improve how science is communicated to different audiences.
Outside of work, my biggest passions are marathon running, movies, and traveling the world! Favorite destinations have included Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Heaven on Earth - a.k.a., New Zealand.
I live in Seattle, WA, where I am the President of Science By Design, a company dedicated to enhancing the impact of science by linking research, design, and social media consulting. I came to Seattle in 2016 from Austin, TX, where I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, specializing in childhood obesity policy research.
For years, I've been studying the impact of public policy on childhood obesity. I grew interested in policy research in graduate school, when I designed a national evaluation of school-based nutrition policy changes – a study that would eventually be cited by the USDA in their landmark "Smart Snacks" rule in 2013. Subsequently, I led several policy evaluations that are cited by scientists, journalists, community leaders, and policymakers around the world.