As a child I played scientist using my mother’s tupperware and an assortment of condiments. In high school I took a Psychology course and fell in love with the subject. After graduation I completed my general education courses at a community college and transferred to the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a B.A. in Psychology. Four years later I entered the Psychological Research graduate program at San Francisco State University, earned my M.A., and worked in government, healthcare, and Web QA/Usability.
In 2005 I left the workforce to focus on my newborn daughter. During this time I met other parents of young children, many of whom did not vaccinate their children. I was puzzled and alarmed by their reticence. Was vaccination associated with Autism? I read all the reputable research and the answer was a resounding no. I learned that although serious side effects can occur with immunization, they are extremely rare. This experience strengthened my belief in empiricism and inspired me to pursue a career promoting public health.
To this end, I wanted to sharpen my quantitative skills, learn statistical programming, and broaden my understanding of probability theory. I discovered the Biostatistics graduate program at California State University, East Bay and began completing the required prerequisites, up to and including Multivariate Calculus. I was accepted into the program and earned my M.S. in June 2015.
Modern medicine has saved untold lives and alleviated the suffering of millions; however, these interventions are not without risk or side effects. To establish safety and efficacy, medical products and procedures need to be rigorously tested. To make data-driven decisions that can benefit us all, health care professionals need reliable information. It is my mission to contribute to this vital endeavor.