RESEARCH STATEMENT

I hold a medical degree M.D., a Master of Public Health and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in public health at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. I am a mixed-method socio-behavior scientist whose objective is to contribute to science by informing maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health programs with a focus on adolescent health, unintended pregnancy, and STI prevention while engaging the community through community-based participatory research.

 

My primary research examines and measures quantitatively and qualitatively sexual and reproductive knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and at-risk behaviors among minority women, adolescents, and youth with a focus on unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use, maternal health outcomes. 

 

My secondary research uses social marketing and health communication techniques to prevent cancer.

I am particularly driven by translational research and implementation science with implications for advocacy, programs, policy, and behavior change. My clinical background, experience in both Africa and the United States, and my ability to collaborate across disciplines are my main assets.

 research.

Research experiences include:

  1. Adolescent, youth, women's sexual and reproductive health

  • Policy analysis of adolescents’ unintended pregnancy policy in Benin

  • Review of programs and services providing Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods both for adolescents and adults women across 50 states in the U.S: A Quality improvement project:

  • Formative research to identify the most effective communication strategies to improve adolescent’s sexual health: A Concept paper

  • National Survey for Family Growth (NSFG) Secondary data analysis group at the University of South Florida:  Predictors of contraceptive discontinuation among women of reproductive health

 2. Maternal and Child Health 

  • Cost of obstetrics care such as vaginal birth and cesarean in Benin Republic

  • Association between Children’s Autism Status, Severity and Maternal Mental or Emotional Health using the National Survey of Child Health

  • Where are they hiding? A review of states with Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Designation

3. M-Health, Social Marketing, and Health Communication

  • Testing health messages effectiveness using novel neuromarketing research on COVID19 testing and vaccine

  • Community-based participatory marketing to prevent colorectal cancer screening

  • Mobile-App Development and Usability Research to Improve Patient-centered Effective Communication