Summary

Accomplished medical writer with a strong scientific background, experience in health research and communications, and specialized expertise in the domains of medical sociology, oncology, critical health literacy, and the principles of evidence-based medicine.

Skillful communicator adept at sourcing, analyzing, synthesizing, and disseminating scientific and medical information verbally and in writing to varied audiences, resulting in 26 scholarly publications and over 200 popular and trade pieces, 80 presentations, and 85 media interviews.

Self-motivated writer and continuous learner with demonstrated analytical and writing competencies, capacity to work quickly and comprehensively on multiple projects with tight deadlines, meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, strong ethical standards and practices.

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Professional Experience

Freelance Medical Writer and Editor, 2010-Present

Founder, principal, and senior medical writer and editor of the Breast Cancer Consortium, an international working group promoting critical health literacy and evidence-based medicine as it relates to breast cancer, public health, and informed medical decision-making (2012).

Talented scientific writer and editor, collaborating with native and non-native English speakers to produce books, articles, briefs, reports, abstracts, slide decks, narratives, and newsletters while ensuring accuracy, clarity, consistency, organization, readability, and usefulness.

Demonstrated leader who worked with local and international academics, researchers, industry experts, writers, publishers, working groups, and nonprofit organizations to evaluate research findings and provide high-quality, evidence-based medical contents documents.

Accomplished author, publishing one book; 16 scholarly articles, chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries; website content; and over 200 popular and trade articles including media-focused pieces, blog columns, and patient education materials, all in compliance with the highest ethical standards and specified publication guidelines.

Confident communicator as evidenced by 60 presentations including keynotes, panels, workshops, lectures, webinars, roundtables, and 85 media interviews (print, radio, and TV).

Medical Sociologist, Texas Woman’s University, 2007-2010

Knowledgeable evaluator of scientific research and design with experience developing and managing research initiatives ($62,000, internal and external grants), directing master’s and dissertation theses, and peer-reviewing scientific manuscripts for editors and publishers.

Productive scientific communicator: wrote abstracts, papers, and slide content for 4 academic conference presentations; published original research including 11 articles, book chapters, reviews, and encyclopedia entries in accord with strict timelines and publishing guidelines.

Adepts project manager with proven ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities skillfully and within specific deadlines. Developed and taught graduate and undergraduate curricula for face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses; managed 10 teaching and research assistants; and evaluated student ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence and master subject material.

Sociologist, Vassar College, 2004-2007

Goal-oriented strategic planner with strong initiative demonstrated by the careful preparation of a successful grant proposal, 3 manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and content for 10 panel presentations, posters, and discussant sessions at academic conferences.

Designed and taught specialized undergraduate seminars and research methods courses; offered thoughtful, fair, and constructive feedback.

Worked independently and as part of a team to supervise, mentor, and assist students in the design of senior theses, including conducting literature reviews, evaluating evidence, collecting and analyzing data, writing up findings, preparing documents, and defending conclusions.


Education

University at Albany (SUNY)

Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, 2004

Medical sociology and gender concentrations; managing editor for scholarly journal; dissertation on “How Breast Cancer Survivors Cope with Being Care-Receivers.”

Master’s Degree, Women’s Studies, 2001

University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

Bachelor’s Degree, Anthropology, 1991, Cum Laude


Technical Skills / Core Competencies

Scientific communication

Developmental and content editing

Health literacy concepts

Principles of evidence-based medicine

Medical sociological concepts

Medical terminology and biostatistics

Public speaking

Peer review

Program Evaluation

Grant writing

Mixed methods research

Collaborative communication and document sharing tools

Literature search databases (e.g., PubMed, JSTOR)

Reference management systems (e.g., EndNote)

Website content management (e.g., WordPress)

Microsoft Office applications, Windows, Mac OS X


Awards and Affiliations

Engage, Organize, Transform Scholarship (Lown Institute, 2015); Distinguished Feminist Lectureship Award (Sociologists for Women in Society, 2013); National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2008); Meadows Award for Excellence in Research (Univ. at Albany, 2003); Initiatives for Women Feminist Research Award (Univ. at Albany, 2002).

American Medical Writer’s Association, American Sociological Association, National Center for Health Research Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, Sociologists for Women in Society, San Marcos School of Yoga, University at Albany (SUNY), Yoga 4 Cancer.