Emily joined Mental Health Colorado in 2019 as a Research Associate after working on a number of local and state public health projects in Colorado, including: health effects related to legalized and medical marijuana; school-based health centers and integrated behavioral healthcare; sexual health education; youth substance use and abuse prevention; and tobacco education and cessation. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Social Work from Tulane University. While in New Orleans, Emily worked with both public health and social justice-oriented organizations, and it was these community, state, and regional efforts that prompted her to then pursue a Master of Public Health at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
Bringing a mixed methods approach of qualitative and quantitative data analysis, Emily applies her background in behavioral health and public health to ongoing research activities at Mental Health Colorado and is passionate about translating data in a visually appealing manner to foster understanding and informed decision-making. In particular, she is interested in social determinants of health and how they affect health policies and access to care, and subsequently would like to use this understanding to positively impact existing and emerging health inequities across the state.
A native of North Carolina, Emily enjoys the many amenities Denver and Colorado have to offer, including low humidity, 300 days of sunshine, new restaurants, art exhibits, and the Rocky Mountains, as well as spending time with friends and her dog, Poppy.