Joanna Percher is a Bixby Packard Fellow, serving as a Specialist at the Bixby Center and as a Program Research Analyst in the South Asia team with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population & Reproductive Health program. She has an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. At Gillings, Joanna focused on sexual and reproductive health, writing her master’s paper on female sterilization in India. Prior to graduate school, Joanna worked at a harm reduction organization in Mumbai, India, Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, through a fellowship from American Jewish World Service. She began her career in public health at a natural birth and women’s health center in Pittsburgh, PA. Joanna holds an undergraduate degree in art history and international studies from Oberlin College.
Sandra McCoy is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) School of Public Health. She studies how social, economic, and cultural forces influence disease transmission and health outcomes. During the past several years, Dr. McCoy has explored these relationships through the lens of HIV infection and reproductive health. Using a diverse array of approaches, her goal is to identify innovative, cost-effective, and scalable interventions to overcome global health challenges.
Dr. McCoy is especially interested in designing and testing new interventions that can positively change health behavior, such as increasing adherence to treatment, adoption of family planning, or encouraging people to engage in health screenings. Most recently, Dr. McCoy led a randomized study in Tanzania to compare the effects of short-term food and cash assistance on adherence to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV infection in Shinyanga Region (read more about the study here). Also in Tanzania and with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Program, her team used patient-centered design and a customer centered approach to develop a simple, scalable intervention to retain patients in HIV care (read more about the study here). In addition to her work in Tanzania, Sandi is part of the external impact evaluation team for Zimbabwe’s Accelerated National Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT) Program, and she also has a portfolio of projects focusing on HIV prevention among vulnerable populations in the United States.
At UC Berkeley, Dr. McCoy teaches the fall course PH250A: Introduction to Epidemiologic Methods and co-teaches the spring course PH253B: Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases. In addition, Dr. McCoy has been an instructor at numerous impact evaluation workshops led by PEPFAR, the World Bank, and UNAIDS in the U.S., Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Tanzania. She has experience with experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations, qualitative research, user-centered design, and implementation science.
Natalie Morris is a 2nd-year Master’s of Public Health student in Epidemiology/Biostatistics. She has been working with the Bixby Center since August, 2012, on the USAID West Africa Family Planning and HIV Operations Research (OR). This past summer, she was a Bixby Fellow in Lomé, Togo, working with local research partners to implement data collection for these ORs. She is currently working as a Research Assistant on the Family Planning OR.
Alexandra is a third year undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health with a minor in History. Within the major, she is focused on Community Health and Health Policy and Management. She has been working with the Bixby Center since September 2016 as a Research Apprentice in the new Center of Expertise for Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment. Her interests include child & maternal health, the intersection of health and the law, and health technologies. She hopes to pursue a joint MPH-JD degree and work in public health on a global scale.
Katrina Su is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Integrative Biology, with a concentration in Human Biology and Health Services. She began her work with the UC Berkeley Bixby Center in June 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant in the Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Integration Project in Rwanda. As a member of the research team, Katrina provides support in data management through data entry and analysis, and assists in preparing reports and proposals.
Matthew is a Junior at UC Berkeley double majoring in Development Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in French. He has been working for the Bixby Center since August 2016 as the Administrative Student Assistant for the OASIS Initiative in the Bixby Center. He assists with coordinating programs initiatives with the OASIS staff and managing finances and reimbursements. Matthew has multiple work experiences internationally both in the Sahel working in Western Burkina Faso as well as working in Northern India for non-profit organizations focusing on a variety of development initiatives. His interests include social justice, human rights and political economy.
Thi Truong was the administrative student assistant on the Bixby team. She worked with the Bixby Center during her senior year while majoring in Social Welfare and double minoring in Demography and Geographic Information Systems. In the past, she has volunteered with local nonprofits such as the California Prison Focus and the ASD Climber Foundation. She works as a legal advocate for domestic violence survivors and conducts research that examines the intersection between migration and social unrest in Latin America. She is interested in pursuing graduate studies in GIS technology and using data science for social advocacy.