Director of Data Analysis — Emily Perttu, Ph.D.
Dr. Perttu is a data analyst with a background in scientific research. She earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering at UC San Francisco, working on chemical synthesis for pharmaceutical applications. She has since moved into the public health arena after earning a certificate in global health through Johns Hopkins and a master’s in public health through Oregon Health and Science University. She is passionate about improving the global health and well-being of mothers and children at home and abroad.
Biostatistician — Swarna Weerasinghe, Ph.D.
Dr. Swarna Weerasinghe is a professor at Dalhousie University, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine. Swarna was the director of the biostatistical consulting unit, for 15 years, in the Faculty of Medicine where she has designed and implemented number of national and International research projects related to diversity, culture and health.
Her postdoctoral training is in the area of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Medical Anthropology. Her areas of research are primarily on vulnerable populations, including immigrants, aboriginal and African communities, homeless and trafficked and women engaged in transactional sex. She spearheaded the Atlantic Metropolis Health Domain to uncover health issues pertinent to immigrants in the Atlantic region.
Her publications in peer reviewed journals include, but are not limited to; “Caring for immigrant women in Canada”, “End of life care for South Asian Immigrants”, “Inequities in visible minority immigrant women’s healthcare accessibility” and “Maternal healthcare challenges within African Immigrant Communities”, to name few.
Her primary area of methodological interests is in analysing complex data structures using Machine Learning and modelling complex analytical strategies.
She is the founding member of the Multicultural Women’s Association of Nova Scotia and Diversity committee of the Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division. She has written seven book chapters pertaining to health and healthcare access to vulnerable populations.
Data Analyst — Meghan Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a mixed-methods data analyst with research experience in women’s health and gender-based violence. She earned an MPH in Global Health, and a Ph.D. in Public Health both from Oregon State University, where she focused on the impact of the political situation on intimate partner violence in Palestine. She also has several years of experience in higher ed public health program administration and evaluation.
Researcher — Tyne Riddick
Tyne Riddick is a first-year Master of Public Health student at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She earned a B.A. in English and Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. She currently works as a Research Assistant in the Emergency Department at OHSU and Portland Adventist, where she is expanding her knowledge of research in preparation for medical school application. She hopes to combine her interests in public health with clinical practice to improve the quality of care for aging adults. She is also developing her interests in preventive medicine, nutrition, sleep, and women’s health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, playing video games, and riding her bike.