I am a cultural anthropologist, specializing in methods of collecting and analyzing social network data and mixed qualitative and quantitative data. I am currently a senior social / behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. I am a co-director of the RAND Center for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods.
I enjoy developing innovative methods for conducting qualitative and social network research to understand the social and cultural context of health and other important outcomes with public policy relevance, such as demographic change. I also enjoy developing software to improve social science research methods. For the past 7 years I have led the development of software for collecting social network data called EgoWeb. The software is open source and free and available through Github. I am currently using EgoWeb to deliver a Motivational Interview intervention using social network visualizations to residents of a Housing First homeless project in Skid Row, Los Angeles.
I have used qualitative and social network methods to conduct research on a wide range of health topics, including HIV and sexual risk-taking, homelessness, public-housing, low-income newlywed couple relationships, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use and smoking among adolescents.