Research Mentor: Kristen Archer, Ph.D., D.P.T.
My undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology (Sports Medicine) with a minor in Global Health Technologies from Rice University (2015). Following undergraduate training, I worked as a clinical research coordinator at a private orthopaedic clinic with a special focus on ACL reconstruction and orthobiologic treatment for knee osteoarthritis. While working towards my Masters in Public Health at George Washington University (2018), I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Farren Briggs at Case Western Reserve University on predictive factors related to Multiple Sclerosis. While the majority of my research has focused on Sports Medicine, I’m excited to work with Dr. Kristin Archer’s lab on the other orthopaedic outcomes, including the Quality Outcomes Database for spine surgery.
The unique opportunity to work directly with a lab from your first day was a huge selling point for me. Dr. Archer is one of the leaders in the field of orthopaedic outcomes, so an opportunity to work directly with her made this an easy decision. Additionally, the focus on quantitative methods with using datasets from within your lab help to make the coursework strengthen your familiarity with outcomes in your field of work.