I am a health economist with research interests in the determinants of health behavior, outcomes, and inequality. As a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, my main research agenda is to examine the roles that information and price play in determining dietary behavior and diet-related health. My current work program includes researching:

  1. The effects of restaurant menu labeling regulations on (i) the amount by which restaurant meals add to daily calorie intake and (ii) the calorie contents of meals restaurants keep on their menus over time;

  2. The impacts of soda taxes on daily calorie intake and diet-related health; and

  3. The drivers of racial gaps in childhood obesity.


My previous research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health EconomicsJournal of Health EconomicsJournal of Population Economics, and Preventive Medicine. You can learn more about my published work here.