Jen is the Research Assistant for Dr. Kathleen Sikkema, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Jen's broad responsibilities include data management, qualitative and statistical data analysis, and manuscript preparation, though her role includes all aspects of research support. Jen also works closely with Dr. Melissa Watt, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Associate Director of the MS in Global Health.
Jen received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University and her Master of Public Health from UNC's Department of Health Behavior.
Favorite activity/ hobby outside of work: I love most activities where I can be outside and active: rock climbing, running, soccer, and fishing, just to name a few.
Favorite food: Bread, cheese, and chocolate. It's hard to go wrong when any of those are included in a meal!
Favorite country I've traveled to and why: When I went to Honduras during my junior year of college it was the start of my career in public health and my passion for global health. It was the first time I was able to take what I was learning in the classroom and apply it on the ground to see a real meaningful change. And Honduras taught me that global settings are just as valuable classrooms as any university.