Natalie Morris is an Associate Specialist at the Bixby Center. She began working with Bixby in August 2015 on the USAID West Africa Family Planning and HIV Operations Research (OR). She was a Summer Bixby Fellow in Lomé, Togo, where she worked with local research partners to implement data collection for these ORs. Natalie wrote her Master’s capstone project on the relationship between abortion history and current contraceptive use among women in an urban province of Angola. She graduated with her MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics in 2017 and has since joined the Bixby Center research team to continue pursuing her research interests and work to increase access to reproductive health services for women and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.
Valencia is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies with concentrations in Marketing and Social Media. She has been working for the Bixby Center as a Student Assistant since July 2017. She works collaboratively with other researchers and faculty members to assist with UC Berkeley’s financial system and reimbursements, as well as performs various administrative duties. She also maintains the program’s website and its social media with a goal to develop new marketing strategy. Valencia has multiple work experiences in various fields, including marketing, sales, management, and administration. Her interests include travelling, blogging, meeting and connecting with new people, as well as learning about new cultures.
Riya is a junior at UC Berkeley studying Public Health and minoring in Global Poverty and practice. Riya has been working with the Bixby Center in September 2016 and has since been working on the Integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Project in Rwanda. She contributes to monitoring and evolution efforts for the program by coordinating with an on-site in regards to data collection and clarification. She also manages, organizes, and cleans the database for the Integration project. Riya is also involved with the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative on campus where, as president, she helps organize health screenings at Gurdwaras in the Bay Area and conducts analysis of screening records. She also facilitates a DeCal on campus on slum health with topics ranging from the history of development, housing concerns, and disease burdens and health disparities in slums. She will be interning in Mumbai summer of 2017 with the research team of an NGO called SNEHA that provides maternal and child health services to women in Mumbai slums. Riya is dedicated to reproductive justice and its intersection with poverty action work.
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.