I am a health economist with main research interests in the determinants of health behavior, outcomes, and inequality.

At present, I work as a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at USDA's Economic Research Service. My research program examines how information, prices, food assistance, labor supply, and other economic factors affect health behavior and outcomes. My active projects include researching:

  1. The effects of intra-pandemic unemployment and income support programs on food spending and food security in the U.S.;
  2. How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the daily time allocations of Americans in their prime working years;
  3. Consumer and producer responses to packaged food labeling  and restaurant menu labeling regulations;
  4. How much the relationship between eating away from home and daily caloric intake has changed over time; and
  5. Whether heterogeneity in eating patterns among SNAP recipients and comparable nonrecipients can help to explain differences in obesity rates.

My prior research has been published in peer-reviewed economics and public health journals. For a copy of my CV, please click here.