177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
ATTN: Christine Gordon, 910 - 177
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
- MPH, Northeastern University
- BA in English, Northeastern University
What are the specifics of your educational/career background?
I am a proud double Northeastern graduate. I earned a BA in English with a minor in business, followed by a Master of Public Health. Through my studies, I developed a broad background in language, business, and health science. I have been working in academic public health research since 2008. Over the years, I have supported multidisciplinary research in the areas of sleep, aging, asthma, and environmental exposure with an emphasis on academic training, workforce development, and community engagement.
What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I am currently the project manager for the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care (CTPC), a collaboration with CCIS and Bouve’ College of Health Science. Although I am a project manager, I do much more than manage projects! I’m involved in everything CTPC, including testing new consumer-based sensing technologies, designing an interface for our health coaching platform, developing partnerships and strategies, and much more. The best part of my work is brainstorming with my colleagues. We all bring different backgrounds and skill sets to the table. I’m lucky to have such a great team!
What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?
CCIS is advancing practical solutions to the issues that burden our society through its interdisciplinary research and programs, such as personal health informatics and network science. These innovations are timely, relevant, and applicable to real life problems—not always something that you find in research.
Also, not many people that I know have a bunch of talking robots hanging out in their office or get to wear fitness watches for work, so I have the added benefit of being an interesting party guest.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I spent most of my childhood in Warwick, New York, a sprawling rural town about fifty-five miles from New York City. Warwick spans approximately hundred square miles and is made up of many villages and hamlets. I lived on a small mountain next to the Appalachian Trail. Warwick is a great place to be a kid, with lots of locations to explore, but I was more of an “indoor” child, who liked to read and write.
What led you to choose your college?
While I enjoyed the fresh air and beautiful scenery of my hometown, I longed for a more exciting lifestyle that involved many different kinds of people and fewer cows. When it came time to select a college, I chose Northeastern for its beautiful urban campus and its renowned co-op program.