Kathleen joined HITLAB in June 2016 after receiving her Master of Science in medical anthropology and cross-cultural practice from Boston University School of Medicine. In Boston, she designed and implemented a community-based participatory research study to identify and address various health disparities among the local Native American population, and collaborated with Native American LifeLines on various community-based health initiatives. Kathleen has also worked with Indigenous communities in Arizona and Peru on projects that focused on local environmental health concerns. She has presented her research at national conferences, including the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, where she helped research the efficacy of novel robotic therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Kathleen brings extensive experience in research study design and coordination, as well as a passion for the potential of healthcare technology to improve health outcomes for underserved populations. Kathleen also holds a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo, and served as the captain for both the Boston University and University of Connecticut collegiate teams. During her free time, Kathleen enjoys traveling, hiking, supporting UConn Basketball, and exploring New York, the new city she calls home.