B.S., Chemical Biology, Minor in Philosophy, Stevens Institute of Technology
M.P.H., Georgia State University
Michelle graduated with a Master of Public Health degree (Biostatistics concentration) from Georgia State University in December 2017. While enrolled at Georgia State, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Betty Lai, investigating post-traumatic stress symptom trajectories among children and adolescents after disasters and helping to evaluate a brief child sex trafficking screening tool intended for use in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and child advocacy centers. She was also employed at the Georgia Department of Public Health as the epidemiologist and project coordinator for the Georgia Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, where she developed an ongoing interest in survey creation, validation, and administration.
Since March 2018, she has been working in the Office of Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance at the Southern Nevada Health District, where she is the surveillance biostatistician, working primarily with surveillance data, compiling the monthly and quarterly reportable disease statistics, and writing data-related protocols, such as a set of formal data suppression rules. She is also learning how to create moving average control charts as a method of disease outbreak detection. Additionally, she provides statistical support to the Data & Systems Improvement working group of the Southern Nevada Homeless Continuum of Care.
Michelle also was employed part-time as an adjunct psychology professor at Nevada State College, where she taught two classes (introductory statistics and introductory research methods) for the second semester. Prior to teaching at Nevada State, she taught standardized test prep (SAT, ACT, PSAT, GRE, GMAT) with Kaplan Test Prep and has experience teaching high school and college chemistry. She has a passion for teaching and is excited to work toward a full-time career in academia.
As a Population, Health and Place student at USC, Michelle is looking forward to combining her broad interests: public health, biostatistics, spatial science, and demography. She is interested in adding more advanced statistical methods to her wheelhouse, having focused on regression methods and multilevel modeling in her master's program.
Her research interests include: health and socioeconomic disparities; health equity; vulnerable populations in research; unique sampling methods; urban demography and health in an urban environment, particularly maternal and child health and the health of the homeless; and how statistical and spatial analysis methods can be applied to all of the aforementioned topics.