I got my big break in 2013 when I responded to a job advertisement for the newly-created role of Scientific Manager at the (then) Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, Zurich. My homework for the job interview was acceptable and before long I was working in the role, helping researchers create compelling scientific stories in their research funding applications. (Shortly after my arrival, the Institute’s name changed to the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute – EBPI.)
Prior to working at the EBPI I was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work in Los Angeles, California. There I worked on a team at the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) evaluating curriculum for civilian behavioral health professionals working with returning servicemembers and their families. Before that, I worked on a large-scale evaluation of middle school math curriculum at the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before that, I spent 5 years at the UCLA Department of Psychology earning a Masters and PhD in Social & Developmental Psychology.
A major perk of working at the EBPI is top-notch colleagues throughout the Institute. Specifically, on the Scientific Management team, I worked closely with Emily Stone (now at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign) for several years. In 2017, Doreen Gille joined our team. Jenny Crawford joined us in 2019 as the Scientific Manager for the EBPI Infectious Disease group. Our most recent teammate is Antonia Banti, the current Scientific Manager for the Infectious Disease group. Together our team keeps an eye on the strategic aims of the Institute, scientific funding, and professional development for the structured Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD program offered through the Life Sciences Zurich Graduate School.