Ohio University, May 2010: Health Communication
School of Communication Studies. Dissertation title: Exploring dialogic social change
New York University, January 2005: International Education
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Université de Aix-en-Provence (France) May, 1997
Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF)
Duke University, May 1992: Comparative Area Studies and Spanish
French & Spanish
Human rights-based approaches for Social and Behavior Change (SBC), promotion of democracy and civic culture, participatory and visual research methods, human-centered design research.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (Abridged)
Regional Advisor, Social and Behavior Change, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (Dec. 2020-Present)
Senior Advisor, Communication for Development, UNICEF Ebola outbreak team, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct. 2019-Nov. 2020.
Research/Social data lead, Polio/Communication for Development team, UNICEF NY-HQ, Aug 2018-Oct. 2019.
Oversaw overall research processes and partnerships, supporting country offices to ensure quality data collection, analysis, and reporting. Design and implement a system for identifying, documenting and communicating novel social and behavior change approaches through across all countries office staff (Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal).
Design researcher, IDEO.org, New York City and Bukavu/Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). December 2015-March 2016.
Provide research design, implementation and analysis support to IDEO.org team for the American Refugee Committee-supported “Asili” community-based health and wellness program (and business model prototyping) in under-served rural areas in Eastern Congo.
Communication for Development Specialist, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Polio Unit, N’Djamena Chad. October 2013-October 2015.
Led 50-person communication team, working in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the Government of Chad, in the implementation and measurement of communication activities in support of Polio eradication efforts and the promotion of routine immunization. Contributed to UNICEF/Pakistan, for 5-month mission as Polio Team Lead in Karachi Field Office and Sindh Province Emergency Operations Center.
Instructor, communication specialist and grant-funded program director. Ohio University’s Communication and Development Master’s program, Media Arts and Studies, and Communication Studies “Media and Social Change” track. August 2005-August 2013.
Courses: Research methods, participatory research methods, media and social change. Grant-funded projects: (Role/partner) Academic director, curriculum developer & facilitator, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund UNICEF). Communication for Development (C4D) capacity strengthening courses (hybrid – online/in-person). Curriculum advisor, C-Change (Communication for Change) project, implemented by FHI360 funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Universidad del Valle, Guatemala and University of Calabar, Kogi State University, Nigeria.
Project Associate. New York Technical Assistance Center (NYTAC), Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. 2003-2005.
International Training Administrator. Chemonics International, Pristina Kosovo and Washington, DC. 2000-2003.
U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Teacher/HIV-Aids education, Guider Cameroon, 1998-2000.
Research methods trainer, Save the Children. Led workshop and field research exercise on exploratory, visual and participatory research methods and analysis techniques for Nutrition Officers in Sri Lanka. June-August, 2016
Research designer, advisor and co-author. Desk Review of Communication Interventions to Identify Lessons Learned for Strengthening Future HIV Behavioral Prevention Programs Addressing Multiple and Concurrent Sexual Partnerships, Co-designer/Co-author, FHI-360/USAID. October-December, 2012.
Field researcher and analyst, UNICEF Niger. Conducted field research and desk review to provide analysis and recommendations to UNICEF Niger Communication for Development staff on communication projects related health and sanitation projects in the Maradi and Zinder regions. October 2012.
Field researcher and analyst. UNICEF Guatemala, Social projection and nutrition projects.Conducted field research and desk review to provide analysis and recommendations to UNICEF Guatemala Monitoring and Evaluation staff on communication projects related to nutrition and social protection in two regions of Guatemala (Altiplano and Oriente). June 2012.
Communication and technology researcher, analyst, and strategist for a project on financial inclusion and mobile technologies funded by the World Bank/CGAP, implemented by the design and innovation firm Ideo.org (Palo Alto, CA). Projected dates: February15-March 27, 2012.
Training designer and facilitator. Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) workshop, Nairobi, Kenya. C-Change Project (Managed by the Family Health International (FHI 360) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). December 12-20, 2011.
Training designer and facilitator. Communication for Development (C4D) workshop for UNICEF routine immunization staff and Ministry of Health (MoH) officials in Juba, South Sudan. September 2011.
Online curriculum developer. Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC),
C-Change Capacty Strengthening Project. 2009-2012.
Facilitator. Communication and Social Change Masters Program, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. Intensive training on qualitative methods (“hands-on” field activities to practice observation, participation, ethnographic “go-alongs,” interviews, network and life mapping). March, 2011.
Curriculum developer & facilitator. “Reporting monitoring and evaluation results,” (online course), Ohio University without Boundaries (OUWB) for International Development professionals. 2011.
External evaluator, training and media project. “Tolerance Caravan,” Equal Access Peace and Development Program, Kabul and Heart Afghanistan. December, 2011.
External evaluator, qualitative midline evaluation of media programming. Equal Access, Peace and Development Program (PDEV) in collaboration with AED/USAID, Chad and Niger, Central Africa. June-August, 2010.
External evaluator, qualitative final impact evaluation of media programming. Equal Access, Peace and Development Program (PDEV) in collaboration with AED/USAID, Chad and Niger, Central Africa. June-July, 2011.
Field researcher. UNICEF “History of Program Communication” project. Dakar Senegal. January 2008.
Field researcher. Veteran’s Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Investigated and documented the “Positive Deviance” approach to the prevention and control of hospital acquired infections. 2006-2008.