RESEARCH CORE STAFF
HAALSI Dementia study, and cognitive components of the HAALSI project. Darina holds a PhD in public health from Imperial College London, and an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining HCPDS, she worked as a research associate focused on dementia prevention at Imperial College London’s Neuroepidemiology and Ageing unit.
HAALSI project. She provides administrative and data management support to the HAALSI Dementia Study, and participates in data collection and project management for Dementia Calibration (DeCal) project funded by PGDA. Enryka holds a dual Master of Science degree in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London. Prior to joining HCPDS, she worked as a research assistant for the U.S. military, focusing on bereavement and trauma.
HAALSI project. Her main responsibility is to coordinate cognition and dementia field work through training, data management and analysis for the HAALSI Dementia Study. Dieyna has an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health in epidemiology & biostatistics with a concentration in infectious diseases. She has extensive experience with project coordination, data collection, management and analysis on research projects in Myanmar, Ukraine, Senegal and Zambia.
HAALSI project. She is project director of the HAALSI Dementia Study, and is principal investigator (PI) of the pilot study Calibration of Cognitive Assessment and Dementia Diagnosis across Diverse Cohorts in the United States and South Africa (DeCal) that aims to harmonize assessment of cognitive aging across diverse cultural and socioeconomic contexts. Meagan received a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Florida before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. Her previous work investigated changes to language, memory, and metacognition in normal and pathological brain aging.
HAALSI project. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining us, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Carolina Population Center, where she primarily focused on family formation and dissolution in Nepal. Elyse’s work has investigated factors influencing marriage timing, fertility, contraceptive use, and marital dissolution in Nepal, as well as adolescent sexual behavior in the U.S.
HAALSI project. He holds a dual MA/MS in sustainable international development, and global health policy and management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Prior to joining HCPDS, David helped conduct research examining the economic and health impacts of the Health Extension Program in Ethiopia.
Welfare Effects of Policies to Balance the Social Security and Medicare Budgets project. His role is primarily data management, analysis, and support for publication. Justin earned a dual Master of Science degree in public policy from the United Nations University and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His master’s thesis focused on the relationship between health insurance and education in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.
Workplace and Well-being Initiative, a broad-based research and policy program designed to develop and implement evidence-based workplace change for worker well-being. She is also project director for the initiative’s core grant, Workplace Redesign for Worker Well-Being: Blueprint for Resilience. This study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines sustainable practices for enhancing worker well-being, with a focus on low- and moderate-wage workers. Meg holds a PhD in sociology, with an emphasis on social inequalities and work-life integration, from Brandeis University. She recently co-authored a book (Opting Back In: What Really Happens When Mothers Go Back to Work; University of California Press, 2019) about the long-term work and family consequences of taking a career break for professional women. Prior to joining us, Meg was a senior research associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. She has also taught at several colleges and universities in the Boston area and in the Midwest.
HAALSI. She oversees all aspects of this complex and ground-breaking study, including data management and analysis, research dissemination, and training team members on data collection. Recently, she served as research associate on the Willows Reproductive Health Impact Evaluation project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Global Health and Population, leading project work in Turkey. Prior to joining us at Harvard, she worked as a data analyst in the Center for Global Health and Development at the BU School of Public Health, where she served as program manager for a number of studies in Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Julia holds a PhD in epidemiology from Boston University.