I have worked with Dr. Rachel Jones since 2009 as the Project Director of the Women’s Project. The major aim of the study is to reduce the risk of HIV-infection in high risk women by creating the soap opera series Love, Sex, and Choices and streaming the series on the participant’s mobile devices. The study sample included African American, Caribbean, and Latina women in Northern New Jersey.
As an original Bostonian, I obtained a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 2006 where I majored in Human Physiology. I obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2009 with a concentration in Epidemiology. My previous research experience includes STD prevention among adolescents, violence in relationships among teenage and adult men, and cancer research. After completing my master’s degree, I wanted to shift my focus to working within the field of HIV prevention in an urban population. Through Dr. Jones’ work I was given the opportunity to make a real difference in reducing HIV among African-American women.
In addition to HIV prevention, I am a fighter for social justice locally and abroad. I am deeply vested in working with the Haitian community living in the U.S. as well as in Haiti. My dedication to work with the Haitian population has been further fueled by the earthquake that ravaged the country on January 12, 2010. I also enjoy working with young adults, especially college students as a mentor; and working with young adults on improving literacy skills.