Kathleen is a 4th year medical student at Brown University. She graduated from Dartmouth with a major in Latin American Studies and pursued research in anthropology in Central America. After graduation she worked as a paralegal in a corporate law firm and then worked as a research assistant at the VA hospitals in New York, investigating behavioral changes in patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Working at the VA inspired her to change careers and she did pre-med coursework at Harvard while working in translational research in veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
During medical school, she returned to her interests in global health and conducted research in Kumasi, Ghana on the risk factors for treatment interruption among patients engaged in HIV care. Her current research interests center around the social risk factors associated with disease. She is interested in barriers to testing, treatment and adherence to treatment, and in how an individual patients beliefs about their disease influence their care. She is also interested in learning about different research methods, including gaining more in-depth quantitative training and exposure to qualitative and mixed-methods research methods. She plans to apply to residency in Med-Peds or Pediatrics and is interested in working with Latino and Latin American populations.
The priority application deadline is Friday, January 25th, 2019.