October 24, 2019

A study I co-authored with Dr. Eric Leas, Dr. Alicia Nobles, and others, which was published in JAMA Network Open, examined the meteoric rise in interest in cannabidiol (CBD) in the United States. The study was covered by news outlets including Time, USA Today and The Daily Mail. My co-author Dr. John Ayers even discussed our findings on Fox News with Laura Ingraham (note: personally not a Fox News fan). Read the study here or download it here.

December 21, 2018

I am excited to share the findings of a recent paper I co-authored, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Alicia Nobles, Dr. John Ayers, and I find a statistically significant increase in Google searches for sexual harassment and assault every week for our entire study period (8 months) after Alyssa Milano’s viral #MeToo Tweet on October 15, 2017. Importantly, searches for sexual harassment/assault preventive training and reporting were also increased. Read the study here or press coverage in outlets such as the LA Times and Reuters.

December 14, 2018

I was recently informed that I had the highest overall marks and the highest scoring dissertation in my MPH program. I was invited to present my dissertation at the School of Public Health’s annual Cameron Lecture. Because I’m living in the US, I delivered the presentation remotely ( you can download it from Google Drive here), and the poster linked to my presentation won the Best Poster award.

December 3, 2018

I am honored and humbled to have been awarded a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK.

November 15, 2018

I was a panelist in a webinar hosted by the University of California San Diego’s Connected and Open Research Ethics Project on the use of Twitter data in public health studies. With co-authors Mark Dredze and Camille Nebeker, we spoke about our paper published in npj Digital Medicine finding that Tweets used in public health studies can often be used to reverse identify research subjects. The recording is available here.

November 8, 2018

I am particularly excited about a paper I co-authored with an interdisciplinary team about how the news covers e-cigarettes. Read it here.

August 28, 2018

My first-authored paper on LGBQ suicide (JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association) was referenced in a tragic story of 9-year-old suicide in Time Magazine. We hope our research will bring the health epidemic of LGBQ adolescents to light and inspire action among community members and policy-makers to avoid similar tragedies in the future. As stated in a Tweet by Chelsea Clinton, #WeMustDoBetter.

August 8, 2018

My first-authored paper on LGBQ substance use, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health, was covered by Reuters, NBC News, Gay Star News and Business Insider.

June 7, 2018

I gave a talk for University College Cork’s Lunch and Learn Seminar.

March 23, 2018

CBS News in Charlotte, North Carolina interviewed my co-author, Dr. John Ayers, and aired a video segment regarding my first-authored paper in American Journal of Preventive Medicine regarding online marijuana sales.

December 22, 2017

Chelsea Clinton tweeted our research on LGBQ adolescent suicide risk. #WeMustDoBetter

December 19, 2017

My first-authored JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association paper on suicide risk behaviors among LGBQ adolescents was reported on by CNN, NBC News, US News and World Report, and Reuters.