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About Me

As a design researcher and public health practitioner, I am passionate about the intersection of qualitative research, storytelling, and human centered design to promote social impact. By uncovering people's unique needs and challenges related to health and wellbeing, I strive to find common ground across multiple stakeholders and create holistic solutions within traditionally siloed spaces.

I have an M.A. in Design focused on Health from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Psychology and Public Health from Harvard College. Through my coursework, I have merged my interests in individual and collective wellbeing—with a focus on psychopathology, value-based care, social determinants of health, and the ethics of health-related technological innovation.


What's it like to work with me?

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Personal Values

What do I strive for?

As an ambivert who craves alone time but also loves all-things-people, I try to put one foot in my comfort zone and the other in places that I know will make me grow. I feel most complete when I spread out — tapping into a range of activities and goals. Life is too short to put all your eggs in one basket!




My dream job is to get paid to go on field trips. I love observing, questioning, and documenting people's realities.

When conducting qualitative research, I strive to be a fly on the wall with a notebook in hand. 



Waste makes me cringe. In an era of "moving fast and breaking things," true innovation should lead to fewer, not more, outputs in the long run. I strive for mindfulness and minimalism when creating and consuming — recognizing the precious resources within local communities and our planet.


Mind Patterns

How does my brain work in different scenarios?

Based on research conducted by Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur regarding collaborative intelligence.


I learn best through visual displays. I am able to pay attention, interpret information, remember details, and convey my own ideas when I can see the big picture — literally!






When digesting complex

information or weighing multiple decisions, I like to talk things through.

Many thanks to my friends and family for entertaining my verbal pro-con lists. 




Most of my "aha!" moments come when I'm in the middle of tactile and sensory activities, like swimming laps or playing with clay. In this daydream state, I am subconsciously creative.




Growth Mindset

How do I move forward?

Progress: Instead of an all-or-nothing mentality, I try to see the spectrum of progress — recognizing where I started, and where there's still room to improve.

Perspective: If there’s anything I’ve realized over the years, it’s that one does not need to make monumental moves in order to grow; that some of the most far-flung journeys can happen close to home. 

Potential: I believe that achievement boils down to effort, rather than innate talent; that the success of others should serve as inspiration; and that constructive critique moves us forward.

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Photo by Eva Cruz, EveryStory

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