Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Immunization Services Division
1600 Clifton Rd, NE
While studying for my MPH in Biostatistics at Emory University, I worked on a thesis which involved finding risk factors associated with vertical transmission of HIV. My thesis was nominated for the Charles Shepard award. For a few years I worked at the National Immunization Program as a surveillance coordinator for pertussis and tetanus. I worked with state immunization programs to ensure data transmission and performed data analysis and reviewed results for trends and anomalies related to vaccine preventable diseases. As a study coordinator at UCLA in the Maternal/Child/Infant Clinic, I managed data for accuracy and completeness from approximately 50 study protocols studying perinatal HIV transmission for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group for the Los Angeles area study sub sites and the UCLA main site. As a volunteer in the northeastern region of Thailand, I helped with AIDS surveillance, by visiting villages to verify cases and reconcile them to hospital records, to procure adequate funding and aid. I also assisted in the care of terminally ill AIDS patients and I participated in education of AIDS prevention. I worked at a pulmonary research hospital in Denver as an epidemiologist in occupational medicine, in which I implemented quality controls for data collection and data entry, compiled and analyzed data and worked on manuscripts for publication. I also worked on protocols for studies and helped get the consenting process in compliance with IRB. I currently work as an epidemiologist for the CDC in the National Immunization Program, Immunization Services Division. I work on research projects including the recent U.S. vaccine shortage, parental knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to vaccine safety, sources of vaccination information, and hepatitis A vaccine, factors associated with underimmunization in Health Professional Shortage Areas, and factors associated with immunization in nursing homes.