I recently graduated cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Global Health and Health Policy. My work has focused on the intersection of healthcare and technology; projects I have co-founded include a virtual reality intervention to improve the interpersonal skills of autistic adolescents, and a system that leverages online data to predict environmental crises before they occur.
My research spans medical device development, health informatics, and clinical data science. At Boston Children’s Hospital, I leveraged social media data to understand population-level health trends. I also used clinical text data to identify high-risk patients. Through these experiences, I realized that advances in health information technology have little value on their own. I believe that digital health innovation must be accompanied by health system innovation; to improve the health of vulnerable populations, we must improve the access, quality, and cost of care.
To further my interest in health policy and healthcare delivery, I have worked at the National Health Service England and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At Harvard Medical School, I quantified the value provided by student-run clinics. Specifically, I analyzed whether student-run clinics are a viable model to support state Medicaid programs moving towards value-based payment. I also serve as the Managing Assistant Editor for Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, a national peer-reviewed publication on healthcare delivery science.
Finally, I champion education equity; I am the founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS, an international nonprofit dedicated to encouraging middle school girls to pursue computer science, as well as the founder of the Action and Civic Tech Scholars Program, a program to teach civic technology to low-income and minority high school students in Boston. My work with ProjectCSGIRLS has garnered recognition from organizations including the National Center for Women in Information Technology and the Clinton Foundation, and I was recently named one of Her Campus's 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women.
As a 2018-19 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India, I will be conducting public health research in Goa. There, I will study why the Indian education system fails to support autistic students with learning disabilities, and how these challenges can be addressed through policy changes and assistive technologies. I also hope to understand how the stigma around autism impacts child health and school performance. My research will be affiliated with Sangath, a NGO focused on mental health and child development.