I am a health economist with research interests in the determinants of health-related capital, behavior, and inequality. My recent work has investigated the health effects of a variety of public policies such as menu labeling, trans fat bans, and electoral dry laws.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Population Economics.
I work as a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. At present, I am researching the effects of menu labeling on caloric intake and the determinants of within-family heterogeneity in health-related behavior and outcomes.
I was a Regulatory Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2014 and 2016, where I conducted regulatory impact analyses of regulations that governed food safety, drug safety and effectiveness, and good manufacturing practices.
From 2012 to 2014, I was affiliated with the European University Institute (EUI) as a Max Weber Fellow in the Department of Economics. While at the EUI, my research mainly focused on health policy evaluation. I also taught a graduate course on health economics at the EUI in 2013 and 2014. I received a Teaching Certificate from the EUI's Max Weber Program in 2014. Between June and November 2014, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Athens University of Economics and Business, where I conducted a study of how Greece's adoption of the Euro affected Greek firm-level exports.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2012. In my main dissertation chapter, I studied whether intra-household resource allocation decisions respond to a child's health at birth and whether the response is heterogenous with respect to a mother's education or income level. During my graduate studies at OSU, I worked as a teaching assistant and as an independent instructor for a variety of undergraduate courses. I was awarded a departmental citation for excellence in teaching in 2010.
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